Ala. Death Row Inmate Could Get New Trial

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- An inmate who has been on Alabama's Death Row for 28 years might get a new trial after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his trial counsel was inadequate.

The court issued an opinion Monday saying Anthony Ray Hinton's trial counsel was constitutionally deficient.

Hinton was charged with two 1985 murders during separate robberies of fast-food restaurants in the Birmingham area. Prosecutors linked Hinton to the murders through a .38-caliber revolver found at his house.

Hinton's defense lawyer wrongly thought he had only $1,000 to hire a ballistics expert. Hinton's lawyer hired the only person willing to take the job at that price, even though he thought the expert was inadequate.

The court sent the case back to state court to consider whether Hinton should get a new trial.

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