Ala. Restaurant Killings Trial Nears End

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Closing arguments are scheduled Thursday
in the capital murder trial of Jamal Woods, who admitted in
testimony that he fatally shot two men at a Huntsville restaurant
and wounded two others in a dispute over his wife.

Woods, who pleaded not guilty, testified he felt threatened when he shot the four men at T.G.I. Friday's on Dec. 17, 2006. Thurston
Turner and Tanqueray "Tank" Beavers both of Athens, were killed.

Autora "Tory" Rogers of Athens and William Reliford of Hazel Green were wounded and Woods is also charged with attempted murder
in their cases.

The 24-year-old Woods became angry after Beavers waved at his wife, Rotesia, who recognized him from school days.

If convicted, Woods could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

In final defense testimony Wednesday, pediatric neuropsychologist Dr. Joseph Ackerman said Woods has an antisocial personality shaped by exposure to Los Angeles gang culture while
growing up.

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


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