An Alabama appeals court says a Houston County man should have a chance to prove he was wrongly sentenced as a habitual offender since his earlier crimes were pardoned.
Charles Malcolm Henderson was convicted of the 1997 slaying of 19-year-old Rose Marquis Glenn. Her burned and stabbed body was found in an abandoned car in Geneva County.
Henderson was convicted of murder Nov. 18, 1998 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole because he had six prior convictions, ranging from theft to manslaughter.
However, Henderson says he received pardons for the prior convictions and should not be considered a habitual offender.
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed to order a hearing back in Houston County Circuit Court.
If the lower court finds that Henderson did receive full pardons for the convictions, the appeals court says, he should be re-sentenced.