AL Supreme Court asks for opinion on death penalty appeal


{} {} The Alabama Supreme Court has asked the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to revisit the case of death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton. {}He was convicted of killing two people during 1985 robberies at Birmingham fast food restaurants.{} {} Hinton had questioned the qualifications of a firearms expert who testified during his trial. The Supreme Court asked the appeals court to use a different standard when reviewing the trial judge's decision that the firearms expert was qualified.{} {} The court ruled unanimously to send the case back to the Court of Criminal Appeals. Justices Jim Main and Kelli Wise recused themselves because they were former criminal appeals court members. {}Justice Greg Shaw wrote he also was on the appeals court, but he said the issue was different then.