Alabama Supreme Court declines death penalty case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has declined to review the capital murder conviction and death sentence that Michael Taylor received for killing a Gadsden couple.

The Supreme Court rejected the case 7-1 Wednesday. Taylor's conviction had been upheld previously by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

The 37-year-old death row inmate was convicted of killing Ivan and Lucille Moore while he was absent without leave from the Navy.

According to court records, he caught a ride to his hometown of Gadsden in November 1991 and went to visit the Moores, who were
friends. They gave him a snack. Then he beat them to death with a medal rod and took their money and car.

The chief of the attorney general's capital litigation section, Clay Crenshaw, said Taylor can still pursue an appeal in federal court.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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