FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2017
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Mike Lewis (334) 353-2199
Steven T. Marshall
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Alabama Attorney General
AG MARSHALL ANNOUNCES COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
UPHOLDS LEE COUNTY MURDER CONVICTION
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announced that the
Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the murder conviction of
Montavious Kentrell Askew. Askew, 23, of Opelika, was convicted in March of 2015 for
the murder of Anthony Jones.
The evidence at trial indicated that on the evening of March 17, 2013, while the
victim Jones was at a party, Askew walked up to Jones to ostensibly show him a picture
on his telephone, and then shot Jones. According to a cell mate of Askew, he confessed
that he killed Jones and had been paid to do so.
The case was prosecuted at trial by the Lee County District Attorney’s Office.
Askew was sentenced to 50 years’ imprisonment for his murder conviction. He
subsequently sought to have his conviction reversed on appeal.
The Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Section handled the case during the
appeals process, arguing for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to affirm the
conviction. The Court did so in a decision issued on Friday, April 21.
Attorney General Marshall commended Assistant Attorney General Kristi
Wilkerson of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Section for her successful work
in this case.
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