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Teen convict's request for new trial denied

19-year-old LaKeith Smith is requesting a new trial after he was originally sentenced to 65 years in prison for felony murder last month. (Source: WSFA 12 News) 19-year-old LaKeith Smith is requesting a new trial after he was originally sentenced to 65 years in prison for felony murder last month. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) -

Lakeith Smith, 19, returned to court Thursday to request a new trial but that request has since been denied.

Judge Sibley Reynolds issued the order Friday, denying the motion for a new trial. Court documents say Smith’s attorneys will file an appeal.

Smith was convicted and sentenced to 65 years in prison for felony murder, armed burglary, second-degree theft, and third-degree theft in April.

Smith’s attorney, Jennifer Holton, says she is exploring all legal avenues to fight for another chance at acquittal. Holton doesn’t believe the circumstances of the crime fit the statutory requirements for felony murder, which was the crux of her argument Thursday during a hearing.

The state argued against the motion for a new trial, citing how they met the statutory requirements for the charge and reminding the court Smith confessed to the crimes in a taped interview with police.

Smith and five other defendants were caught in the middle of an armed home burglary in Millbrook and got into a shootout with Millbrook Police. Suspect A’Donte Washington drew a gun on an officer, and he was fatally shot.

Smith and the remaining defendants were charged with felony murder for the death of Washington through Alabama’s accomplice liability laws.

Judge Sibley Reynolds is expected to enter a written order in the motion for a new trial in the coming days.

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