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Albertville cop killer seeks lesser sentence

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ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A convicted cop killer serving life without parole is seeking a lesser sentence.

A Supreme Court decision paved that road when it ruled that juveniles convicted of capital crimes could be sentenced to less than that.

James Matthew Hyde's death sentence was lowered after the Supreme Court ruled states could not put juveniles to death. Hyde now hopes to get out one day.

Hyde was convicted of the 1995 murder of Albertville police detective Andy Whitten, who was gunned down at his home.

Hyde remained at Donaldson Correctional Facility and was not in court Monday, although his newly appointed attorney was.

Prosecutors told the court they had located a box of exhibits stored for some 20 years and would share that with the defense.

Defense attorneys told the court they've hired a mitigation expert to talk with Hyde and other witnesses, although they acknowledged some witnesses may not be found after so many years. The attorney expected it would take approximately three months for their expert to finalize a report.

A resentencing date is expected to be set early next year.

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