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FORMER PHYSICIAN SENTENCED

Former Montgomery doctor sentenced in killing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Montgomery physician has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for his capital murder conviction stemming from a murder-for-hire.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price ordered the sentence Friday for David Nash.

Nash was convicted of capital murder last year in the 2011 slaying of well-known Montgomery pest control man Ralph "Critter Man" McNeil. Price had ordered a new trial based on juror misconduct. But the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals recently reversed his ruling and ordered him to sentence Nash.

Nash maintained his innocence at Friday's hearing.

Nash's ex-fiance Serena English, is serving a life sentence for the killing. The two men who committed the murder, Jeremy and Kendall Riley, are serving 25-year sentences.

English was in a custody dispute with McNeil when he was killed.

DEPUTY-STORE SHOOTING

Morgan Co. deputy charged over shooting at store

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Huntsville police say a Morgan County deputy has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with a shooting at a Huntsville Wal-Mart.

Police say Deputy Brian Fulford was off duty Tuesday and shopping at a Wal-Mart when he spotted David Horton. Horton was wanted on a felony charge in connection with a burglary in Morgan County. Horton ran from the store and sustained a minor gunshot wound when being apprehended.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin says Fulford turned himself in Friday and was released on bond. She says he is on non-paid administrative leave pending a meeting Monday at the sheriff's office.

NEELLEY'S LAW

Convicted killer challenges law blocking parole

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Convicted killer Judith Ann Neelley is suing in federal court to try to overturn a law that prevents her from seeking parole.

Neelley contends the law shouldn't have been applied retroactively to her case and she should get parole consideration.

Neelley was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for helping her husband kill a 13-year-old girl from Rome, Ga. The girl was sexually abused, shot and injected her with drain cleaner before pushing being pushed off a cliff in northeast Alabama.

Gov. Fob James commuted Neelley's death sentence shortly before leaving office. That left her serving life and being eligible for parole. The Legislature responded with a law saying a commutation results in a sentence of life without parole. It applied the law retroactively to Neelley's case.

AL-SIEGELMAN-11TH CIRCUIT

11th Circuit to hold arguments in Siegelman case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively scheduled oral arguments this summer in former Gov. Don Siegelman's effort to overturn his conviction in a government corruption case.

The appellate court said arguments would be heard the week of July 28.

A federal jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bribery and other charges. Prosecutors said Scrushy bribed Siegelman for a spot on a state regulatory board with donations to Siegelman's 1999 lottery campaign.

Siegelman says the case was tainted by the involvement of a prosecutor with ties to GOP politics. His lawyers also argue that the trial judge made multiple errors in calculating Siegelman's sentence.

The former Democratic governor is incarcerated in Louisiana and has an estimated release date of summer 2017.

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