State Court Upholds Death Penalty

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld the
death sentence given to a Mobile man in the 2006 shooting death of
his ex-girlfriend after she finished work at a Subway restaurant.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals rejected defense arguments
Friday as it affirmed the death sentence given to Garrett Dotch for
the killing of 24-year-old Timarla Taldon.

Dotch, also 24 at the time of the killing, was accused of
shooting Taldon to death after she got in her car and prepared to
pull out. According to testimony, he became abusive after their
breakup and had called her cell phone 51 times the day before she
was killed.

The appeals court rejected claims that the procedure used for
witnesses to identify the accused were flawed and that the judge
wrongly excluded evidence of his 2003 commitment to a mental health

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