- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Prosecutors are asking a judge to override a jury’s recommendation of life in prison without parole and sentence a man to death for a killing at a community college.

A jury in Opelika convicted Thomas Franklin May of capital murder in March and recommended 10-2 that he be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

He was convicted of firing into a van and killing his mother-in-law in June 2011. His estranged wife was wounded. The shooting occurred on the Opelika campus of Southern Union Community College while May was under a court order to stay away from his estranged wife.

Circuit Judge Jacob Walker has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on the prosecution’s request. The hearing is in preparation for sentencing the defendant on May 21.

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