- Associated Press - Friday, March 13, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld a murder conviction and death sentence in a killing that happened 17 years ago in Baldwin County.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals refused Friday to overturn Charles Gregory Clark’s conviction in the slaying of William Fuller Ewing.

Ewing was found stabbed to death at his convenience store on the Fort Morgan Peninsula in Gulf Shores on Valentine’s Day 1998.

An investigation found $14 in gasoline missing from a pump outside the store, but more than $600 in cash remained in the victim’s wallet afterward.

Police found Clark covered in blood and arrested him.

Clark’s appeal claimed among other things that Clark’s trial lawyer wasn’t effective and presented too little evidence while trying to avoid a death sentence. The appeals court disagreed.

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