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Supreme Court sends death sentence to lower court

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has asked two lower courts to reexamine their decisions upholding the death sentence of Christopher Anthony Floyd for the 1992 robbery and shooting of a worker at an Ashford store.

The Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upholding the capital murder conviction and death sentence of the 40-year-old Floyd.

Floyd was sentenced to die for the 1992 robbery and shooting death of Waylon Crawford during a robbery at a small store he and his wife ran in Houston County. Floyd was 19 at the time of the shooting.

The Supreme Court asked the Court of Criminal Appeals and the trial judge in Houston County to reconsider whether prosecutors had adequate reasons for eliminating black people and women from the jury.

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