- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An appeals court is reversing its earlier decision that overturned the death penalty in a Houston County slaying.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday withdrew a 2014 ruling and instead upheld the capital murder conviction and death sentence of Tawuan Townes.

The judges wrote that a mistake in a trial transcript led to their earlier decision reversing Townes’ case. With the error fixed, the conviction can stand.

Townes was convicted of killing Christopher Woods in Dothan in 2008.

Separately, the judges affirmed James Scott Largin’s death sentence for the 2007 killing of his parents, who were shot during a robbery in Tuscaloosa County.

The court also upheld the conviction of Jessie Livell Phillips, convicted of killing his wife and unborn child in Marshall County in 2009.

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