Former AL death row inmate pleads guilty, gets life in prison

Former AL death row inmate pleads guilty, gets life in prison

MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A man who successfully appealed his death row sentence will now spend the rest of his life behind bars for the same crime.

Marqueze Taron Smith has pleaded guilty to capital murder in the shooting death of Jeremy Black.

He entered the plea in Morgan County court on Friday, days before his scheduled retrial. He is now sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Authorities say Smith killed Black in Trinity in August 2003. He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 2012.

An appeals court found errors in his original trial and sent the case back to Morgan County for a new trial. It was scheduled to begin Monday

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