Court rejects Ala. death row inmate's bid for time

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has agreed with a state appeals court and refused to give a death row inmate more time to appeal his death sentence.

A trial judge in Russell County had allowed Michael David Carruth to challenge his death sentence to the Supreme Court even though his time to file the appeal had run out.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals had overturned the lower court ruling and said Carruth could not blame ineffective counsel for filing his appeal late.

The Alabama Supreme Court agreed Friday. Carruth was a bail bondsman from LaGrange, Ga., and was convicted in Russell County of abducting and killing a 12-year-old Phenix City boy in 2002.

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