Court Gives Baby Killer The Sentence He Wanted

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state appeals court has decided that
an admitted baby killer should get what he wants: a death sentence.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the death
sentence that Christopher Thomas Johnson of Atmore requested for
the beating death of his six-month-old son in 2005.

In other capital murder cases, the court upheld the death
sentences for Kim Vanpelt in Colbert County, Bobby Baker Jr. in
Houston county, Larry Dunaway in Jefferson County, and Esaw Jackson in Jefferson County.

The appeals court ruled that an error occurred in the Lauderdale
County trial of David Dwayne Riley Jr. That could lead the death
row inmate to get a new trial for the robbery and killing of a
package store clerk.

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