FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2015
For More Information, contact:
Mike Lewis (334) 353-2199
Alabama Attorney General
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AG STRANGE ANNOUNCES COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS UPHOLDS
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY CAPITAL MURDER CONVICTIONS
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange announced that the
Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the capital murder convictions of
James Scott Largin. Largin, 46 of Tuscaloosa, was convicted in Tuscaloosa County
Circuit Court in August of 2009 for the murder of his parents, Peggy and Jimmy Largin.
Evidence was presented at trial that on March 16, 2007, Largin stole several
items from his parents’ house, including credit cards and a large amount of cash that he
used to buy crack cocaine. After police took Largin into custody, he claimed to a police
investigator that “[i]t wasn’t murder … not in a cold-blooded sense.” Largin further
stated that he started to clean up the crime scene but then decided not to, and that he
did not “try to hide it.” Furthermore, several inmates with whom Largin was
incarcerated testified that they heard Largin admit he had killed his parents.
The case was prosecuted at trial by the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s
Office. Largin was convicted and sentenced to death. He subsequently sought to have
his conviction reversed on appeal.
Attorney General Strange commended his Capital Litigation Section, which
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, December 18.
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