MOULTON, Ala. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a Hacklelburg man to life in prison without parole for killing a 71-year-old man with a shotgun during a robbery attempt.
Harold Wayne Bailey received the sentence on his capital murder conviction in the Jan. 15, 2004 death of Melvin Key.
Bailey was accused of shooting Key, who was in bed but raised a weapon at the intruder in his home in the Wren community.
The district attorney recommended that the court sentence Bailey to life without parole, rather than death, at the request of Key's family.
Defense attorneys contend there was insufficient proof that a robbery had occurred or that Bailey was the perpetrator.