- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court is upholding the conviction of a man on death row for a slaying in Houston County.

A decision released Friday rejects Christopher Anthony Floyd’s arguments seeking a new trial in the killing of Waylon Crawford.

Crawford was shot to death during a robbery at a convenience store in Ashford in 1992, but Floyd wasn’t put on trial until 2005. He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die.

The Supreme Court is upholding a lower court ruling that says prosecutors properly explained their reasons from excluding some potential jurors from serving.

The justices also upheld a decision to bar jurors from hearing some statements Floyd made to police. Floyd initially denied killing Crawford before he confessed, and he wanted jurors to hear both versions.


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