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
facility.


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  • by JRD Location: Enterprise on Apr 3, 2010 at 11:34 AM
    He'll propbably die of old age on death row while the endless appeal process goes on and on. The death penalty is a joke except maybe in Texas where they seem to be at about a (too long)10 yr to 15 yr wait instead of the 20 to 35 yr wait in the other states.
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