Death Row Inmate Gets New Trial


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Dale County Circuit Court judge has
ordered a new trial for a death row inmate after finding his
attorneys made numerous mistakes and were ineffective.

Emanuel Gissendanner Jr., of Ozark, was convicted in August 2003
for the killing of 77-year-old Margaret Snellgrove.

Prosecutors said the 34-year-old Gissendanner killed Snellgrove
for money and her car, then dumped her body in a ravine and covered
it with small trees.

Judge Kenneth Quattlebaum found Tuesday that Gissendanner's
attorneys didn't conduct basic investigations that would have
corroborated the defendant's alibi for the time of the killing and
called into question much of the state's evidence.

Quattlebaum, who had overseen the five-day trial and sentencing
hearing, said there's a reasonable probability that the outcome
would have been different if not for the defense counsel's
unprofessional errors.

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