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James Brownfield trial on hold through August

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James Brownfield (Source: AL Dept. of Corrections) James Brownfield (Source: AL Dept. of Corrections)

A man on death row for murdering three people in Jackson County will have to wait to find out if he'll receive any relief on his sentence.

James Brownfield's attorneys were hoping to call an expert witness, but he was unavailable. The trial is under a continuance until August 27.

Brownfield was convicted in the murders of three people on Christmas Day 2001. Prosecutors contend he killed his sister, Brenda McCutchen, and her grandson, Joshua Hodges, then went to his brother-in-law's house, where he killed Latham McCutchen.

He is now asking for relief from the court after the jury overwhelmingly recommended, and the judge ordered, a death sentence. One of the claims appears to be that he did not receive effective counsel at trial.

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