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Capital Murder Conviction Upheld for Houston County Man

The Alabama Court of criminal appeals has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Houston County man who murdered his wife.

Michael Sale, 52, was originally charged with domestic violence after his wife was taken to a hospital in May of 2005.

48-year-old Lynn Sale died two weeks later.

Prosecutors argued that Sale held his wife against her will for about a month and that during that time she was beaten and tortured.

In his appeal, Sale argued that a mistrial should have been declared when his attorney became ill during the trial.

He claimed the trial should have been moved because of all the publicity surrounding the case.

The appeals court disagreed with Sale's claims and upheld his conviction and death sentence.


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