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Appeals court OKs death sentence in child killing

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama appeals court has again upheld the capital murder conviction and death sentence of a Georgia man in the killing of a 12-year-old Alabama boy.

The Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday unanimously rejected the appeal of Michael David Carruth. This is Carruth's second round of appeals. He contended he had an ineffective attorney at his trial, but the appeals court disagreed.

Carruth, a bail bondsman from LaGrange, Ga., was convicted of the kidnapping and shooting death of 12-year-old William Brett Bowyer of Phenix City. The boy and his father were abducted from their home. The father was robbed of $40,000 and a gun, and then had his throat cut. He survived to testify at Carruth's trial.

Co-defendant Jimmy Lee Brooks Jr. was also convicted of capital murder.

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