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Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Murder Conviction in Dallas County

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction of a Selma man for capital murder.

State Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction of John Jones, 24, for capital murder.

Jones was convicted in Dallas County Circuit Court on November 7, 2019, for the murder of Alexis Hunter.

The evidence at trial showed that December 21, 2013, Alexis Hunter was walking on the track at Selma high school with two other teenage girls when three men approached them.

Jones was one of the men and demanded that Hunter give him her cell phone. When she refused, Jones shot and killed her.

The other men identified Jones to the Selma Police Department as the man who shot and killed Alexis Hunter.

The office of Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson successfully prosecuted this case and obtained a guilty verdict.

Jones was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his crime. Jones sought to have his conviction reversed on appeal.

The Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division handled the case during the appeals process, arguing for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to affirm Jones’ conviction on August 6.

Jones was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his crime. Jones sought to have his conviction reversed on appeal.

Marshall praised Assistant Attorney General Laura Irby Cuthbert for her successful work on this case, and Jackson and his staff for their valuable assistance in defending the murder conviction.

“Alexis Hunter was an all A student who had her life snuffed out over a cell phone,” Jackson said. “John Jones is a gunslinger who needs to pack his suitcase because he will be locked up the rest of his life.”