Investigation opened into death of death row inmate from St. Clair County

An Alabama inmate convicted of capital murder is dead after spending more than 25 years on death row.{}{}{}{}Prison officials say 49-year-old Ricky Adkins died early Tuesday in the infirmary at Holman prison in Atmore.{}{}{}{}Authorities say an autopsy will determine the cause of death. Prison spokeswoman Kristi Gates declined comment on whether the man died of apparent natural causes or something else.{}{}{}{}Adkins was convicted of capital murder in St. Clair County on Nov. 21, 1988. He was on death row in the slaying of real estate agent Billie Dean Hamilton during a rape, robbery and kidnapping.{}{}{}{}A federal appeals court ordered a new trial for Adkins last year, but the trial had yet to be held. A hearing in the case was set for July 10.