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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Kerry Spencer Sentenced to Life in Police Shooting Deaths

Wednesday, June 22, 2005
The Birmingham News

Jury recommends life for police killer
A Jefferson County jury today recommended sparing the life of convicted police killer Kerry Spencer, 25, of Birmingham. The jury recommended four sentences of life without parole, instead of the death penalty. They reached their decision about 2 p.m. after 2½ days of deliberating his punishment.

They convicted him on Sunday in the shooting deaths of three Birmingham police officers and the attempted shooting of a fourth officer last June at an apartment in the Ensley neighborhood.

Circuit Judge Tommy Nail, who has the right to reject the jury’s recommendation, will formally sentence Spencer on Sept. 9.

Carol Robinson

I can't say that life without is better than the death penalty especially since I have an inside view of what the prisons are like in Alabama. However, I am happy that Mr. Spencer was not sentenced to death and I hope that Judge Tommy Nail will impose the jury's verdict and not his own.

I believe from the testimony that I read that Spencer was telling the truth about paying off the police and I can't help but wonder if there will be any type of investigation into the allegations he made against the officers involved. Something tells me no.

The drug war invites corruption and gives rise to situations like this.
Four lives lost. Four famillies destroyed. Kids without dads. Wives without husbands and parents without sons.


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