McMillan jury recommends life in prison

File: McMillan during the trial
File: McMillan during the trial

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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - The jury in the Calvin McMillan murder case has recommended he spend the rest of his life behind bars.

McMillan was found guilty of murdering Bryan Martin at the Millbrook Wal-Mart in August, 2007. The motive, to steal the victim's truck.

The jury, made up almost entirely of women, voted 8 to 4 in favor of life without parole. The other option was the death penalty.

McMillan's attorney's tried to use his troubled childhood years as a basis for leniency. The prosecution stuck to its agrument that he killed in cold blood and deserved the death penalty.

"I've come to my terms with both," said Martin's widow, " ...the death penalty and the life without [parole]." She added that he does deserve death, but she'll leave that to the jury.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 7, 2009 at 9am. The judge will make his final decision on that day.

Another man, Ron-Darrell Williams pleaded guilty to Felony Murder in the same case just days before the trial started. He'll be sentenced at a later date and could face 20 years to life behind bars.

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