- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Both prosecutors and defense lawyers say they’re ready for the sentencing of a man convicted of killing his mother-in-law at an Alabama community college campus in 2011.

A judge in Opelika held a hearing Tuesday to make sure both sides were prepared for the sentencing of 37-year-old Thomas Franklin May III.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for May, convicted of killing his mother-in-law and wounding estranged wife Bethany Mitchell at Southern Union Community College in Opelika. They want the judge to override jurors’ recommendation that May get life in prison.

Circuit Judge Jacob Walker set sentencing for May 21.

Prosecutors say May opened fire into the family’s van on the Southern Union campus. Mitchell’s mother, Brenda Watson Marshall, was killed.



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