Appeals Court approves Death Sentence in Houston County Case

MONTGOMERY, Ala(AP)_. A state appeals court upheld a death sentence today for James Earl Walker, who was convicted of killing an elderly Houston County woman during a burglary.

In a five-nothing decision, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals said the death sentence was appropriate for the January fifth, 2000, shooting death of 87-year-old Bessie Lee Thweatt and the burglary of her home.

In October, the criminal appeals court upheld Walker's capital murder conviction, but told the trial judge to write a new sentencing order better explaining why he approved the jury's recommendation of a death sentence.

The appeals court approved that new sentencing order.

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