BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A jury has recommended a man convicted
of kidnapping and murdering a co-worker in a plot to cover up his
own theft from his employer spend life in prison without parole.
A Jefferson County jury took about one hour to unanimously
recommend the sentence for 43-year-old Michael Keith Winchester.
Circuit Judge Teresa Pulliam will officially sentence Winchester on
April 2 to either death by lethal injection or the lesser sentence
the jury favored.
Prosecutors contended Winchester kidnapped Gerald Freund in
Birmingham in a plot to kill him and frame him for the $48,000 the
defendant had stolen from a BP station in Hoover, where both men
Freund disappeared on Nov. 3, 2005. His body was found two weeks
later, with a gunshot wound to his head, on hunting land in Cullman
County that Winchester owned.
Information from: The Birmingham News,
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