Athens man's death row sentence overturned

By: AP
By: AP

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - The death row sentence for a man convicted
of the 1984 murder of an elderly woman has been overturned after he
was ruled mentally retarded.

Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Valls says Kenneth
Glen Thomas will head to court May 27 to be re-sentenced to life in
prison without parole. He has been on death row since his 1986
murder conviction.

Authorities say Thomas killed 82-year-old Flossie McLemore, his
neighbor, and then tried to conceal the murder by setting
McLemore's house on fire.

Valls says a judge ruled in an April 21 hearing that Thomas is
not eligible for execution.

Valls says Alabama Attorney General Troy King had fought Thomas'
claim that he is retarded.

Information from: The News Courier,

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