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Christie Scott speaks to WAFF 48 after receiving death sentence

By Josh Ault  bio|e-mail

RUSSELLVILLE, AL (WAFF)  Christie Scott begged the judge to spare her life and in an unusual display broke down into tears on the witness stand before receiving a sentence of death by lethal injection Wednesday morning.

Scott was convicted in July of killing her son, Mason Clark, 6, in a house fire in 2008. 

A jury had recommended life, but it was up to Judge Terry Dempsey to make the final decision. 

Scott also told the judge she prays for him often. She said if he did sentence her to death, it would be okay because she would then be able to be with her son.

Judge Dempsey was blunt with why he choose death. In his sentencing statement, he said: "Even if the victim succumbed to smoke inhalation before being burned, it would still have been a horrible death." 

"Struggling to breath and trying to escape would be terrifying for the young child," he continued.

Scott spoke briefly to WAFF 48 News' cameras after leaving the courthouse. When asked if she wanted to say something, she said, "Yes I do." After pausing, she continued, "Send someone to see me."

By the time WAFF 48 News got to the Franklin County Jail, Scott had already been set to be transferred to Tutwiler Prison for Women near Montgomery. She was on her way before noon.

Scott's father and husband both pleaded with the judge to save her life. 

"This conviction will not stand," said Robert Tuten, Scott's attorney. "This case is laced with error."

"I believe the jury verdict will stand," said Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing.

Scott is the first woman in Franklin County history to ever be sentenced to death.

Right after Scott was sentenced, her lawyers filed a motion for a new trial.  An immediate appeal will begin.

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