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Walker Sentencing Reviewed

A convicted killer's death sentence has been put on hold while the trial judge reviews the case.

James Earl Walker was found guilty of the home invasion robbery and murder of an elderly Houston County woman.

Eighty-seven-year-old Bessie Lee Thweet was beaten and shot to death in January of 2000.

Co-defendant Rex Allen Beckworth was also sentenced to die for his part in the crime.

But, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has ordered Circuit Judge Larry Anderson to clarify why he sentenced walker to die.

District Attorney Doug Valeska says the jury's death penalty recommendation was unanimous.

Court officials believe Walker is the only convicted killer to ever receive a unanimous death penalty recommendation in the history of the 20th Circuit Court.


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