Court upholds Lee County murder conviction

Updated: Apr. 26, 2017 at 9:58 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the murder conviction of an Opelika man who fatally shot another man at a party in 2013, Attorney General Steven Marshall said.

Montavious Kentrell Askew, 23, was convicted in March 2015 of the murder of Anthony Jones.  According to evidence showed during the trial, on the evening of March 17, 2013, Askew walked up to Jones at a party to allegedly show him a picture on his telephone and then shot Jones.

According to a cell mate of Askew, he confessed that he killed Jones and had been paid to do so.

On Friday, April 21, Askew was sentenced to 50 years' imprisonment for his murder conviction, says AG Marshall. The case was prosecuted at trial by the Lee County District Attorney's Office.

The Attorney General's Criminal Appeals Section handled the case during the appeals process, arguing for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to affirm the conviction.

Attorney General Marshall commended Assistant Attorney General Kristi Wilkerson of the Attorney General's Criminal Appeals Section for her successful work on this case.

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