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Alabama Attorney General
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal
Appeals Upholds Murder Convictions in Two Mobile County Cases
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama
Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld convictions for capital murder and felony
murder in two separate Mobile shootings. The Court upheld the capital murder
conviction of Carltas Tez McCann. In another, unrelated case, the Court upheld the
felony murder conviction of Jamarcus Marquis Mahone.
McCann, 22, of Mobile, was convicted in March 2018 for the capital murder of Andrew
Herlong. The evidence at trial showed that on November 11, 2014, McCann accosted
Herlong at a Diamond Quick Stop gas station as Herlong was walking to his truck.
McCann took Herlong’s wallet and shot him. Herlong suffered two gunshot wounds,
one to his left arm and one to his chest, and died as a result of his injuries.
In the second case, Jamarcus Marquis Mahone, 24, of Mobile, was convicted
in September 2017 for the felony murder of Raven Hamilton. On December 6, 2014,
Tyrus Booker was driving his sister Tyra Booker and her friend Raven Hamilton to
Applebee’s restaurant. Booker saw Mahone and two other men walking up the
sidewalk. Booker began to slow down to speak to the men; however, before he could
speak, Mahone pulled out a gun and fired gunshots at the vehicle. Hamilton was fatally
struck by a bullet.
McCann was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his capital
murder conviction. Mahone was sentenced to life imprisonment for his felony murder
conviction. Both cases were prosecuted at trial by Mobile County District Attorney
Ashley Rich’s office. Each defendant sought to have his conviction reversed on appeal.
The Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division handled the cases during the
appeals process, arguing for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to affirm the
convictions. The Court did so in decisions issued Friday, May 17. Attorney General
Marshall commended Assistant Attorneys General Tracy Daniel and Marc Starrett for
their successful work in these cases.
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