Jamal Woods to get life sentence in shootings

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Prosecutors in Madison County have dropped plans to seek the death penalty against Jamal Woods, who was convicted of killing two people at a Huntsville T.G.I. Friday's restaurant.

The 24-year-old Woods was convicted in February of capital murder in the 2006 shooting deaths of two Athens men at the restaurant.

Sentencing was delayed following the illness of a juror, who died earlier this month.

Judge Laura Hamilton gave prosecutors a week to decide whether to seek a new jury or accept an automatic life sentence for Woods.

Prosecutor Don Rizzardi says prosecutors and the families of the victims were frustrated by the case's outcome, but the unusual circumstances surrounding the case led to the decision.
Information from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/hsvtimes/hsv.html

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