MONTGOMERY, Ala. – An Alabama man is again facing execution for throwing four children off a bridge.
Last year, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals reversed Lam Luong's capital murder convictions for the children's 2008 deaths, saying pretrial publicity was prejudicial and that the trial court erred in denying defense attorneys funds to travel to Vietnam.
The Alabama Supreme Court ruled 5-3 Friday that the lower court decision was wrong. Defense attorney Cassandra Stubbs said she will probably ask the court to reconsider.
The three dissenting justices on the state's highest court agreed with the lower court's decision that news media coverage of the case was sensational and prejudicial.
Luong was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for throwing the four children off the Dauphin Island Bridge into the Mississippi Sound.