- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - A judge says he will decide May 1 whether to follow a jury’s recommendation that an east Alabama woman be sentenced death in the killing of her daughter.

A Russell County jury on Thursday found Lisa Graham of Phenix City, Alabama, guilty of capital murder. Prosecutors say she hired a gunman to kill her troubled, 20-year-old daughter.

Russell County District Attorney Ken Davis tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (https://bit.ly/1x00PHt) that the judge could follow the jury’s recommendation for the death sentence, or he could sentence her to life in prison.

The bullet-riddled body of her Graham’s daughter, Stephanie Shea Graham, was found along a roadside in 2007.

The gunman, Kenneth Walton, confessed to the killing and is serving a life prison sentence.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, https://ledger-enquirer.com

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