Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guntersville, AL: Marshall County man found guilty of capital murder in wife, unborn child's deaths

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama (AP) — Marshall County jurors have convicted a man of capital murder in the slaying of his wife and her unborn child at a car wash three years ago.
The trial of Jessie Phillips was believed to be the first test of a state law that allows a person suspected of killing a pregnant woman to be charged with two murders if the fetus also dies.

Prosecutors argued that Phillips killed his wife, Erica Droze, and her unborn child at a car wash in 2009. The shooting followed an argument that kept escalating.
Jurors deliberated about four hours before convicting Phillips on Monday.
Phillips was tried under a law called "Brody's Law." It was named because of the 2005 shooting death in Albertville of Brandy Parker and her unborn son, named Brody.
Sentencing was set for today at 9 a.m.

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