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July 18, 2018
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Alabama Attorney General
ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVE MARSHALL ANNOUNCES COURT OF
CRIMINAL APPEALS UPHOLDS ETOWAH COUNTY
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama
Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the convictions of William Dangelo McKinney
for murder and for domestic violence by strangulation. McKinney, 34, of Gadsden, was
convicted in Etowah County Circuit Court in April 2017 for the murder of Amos
Jackson and for domestic violence by strangulation of Alanna Partee.
Evidence was presented at trial regarding the following events. McKinney was
in a dating relationship with Alanna Partee and had been staying with her at her
mother’s home. On August 26, 2014, the two argued and McKinney physically attacked
Partee, throwing her down and choking her with his hands. She was not fatally injured.
McKinney then left the house. The murder victim, Amos Jackson, was the boyfriend of
Partee’s sister, and he regularly gave Partee a ride to work. The next morning, Jackson
was at the house when McKinney arrived and tried to enter. Both Jackson and Partee’s
mother repeatedly told him to leave, and a fight ensued in which McKinney stabbed
Jackson multiple times, killing him.
Etowah County District Attorney Jody Willoughby’s Office prosecuted the case.
Upon conviction, the trial court sentenced McKinney to 10 years’ imprisonment for the
domestic violence conviction and to 65 years’ imprisonment for the murder conviction.
McKinney appealed his convictions, and on Friday, July 13, the Court of Criminal
Appeals affirmed his convictions.
Attorney General Marshall commended Assistant Attorney General P. David
Bjurberg of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division for his successful work in
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