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Ala. Man Convicted of Community College Killing

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) -- A jury in Opelika has convicted an Auburn man of firing repeatedly in a van at a community college, killing his mother-in-law and wounding his estranged wife.

The jury deliberated about 90 minutes Tuesday before finding Thomas Franklin May guilty of one count of capital murder and one count of attempted murder.

The jury will reconvene Wednesday to consider whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

May was arrested April 6, 2011, after he shot into a van at Southern Union Community College in Opelika. His mother-in-law, Brenda Marshall Watson, was killed. His now ex-wife, Bethany Mitchell, and her grandmother, Maude Ethell Marshall, were wounded, and the couple's 4-year-old daughter was injured by broken glass.


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