Judge vs. Jury: Overriding life in prison for death row

It isn’t true that Alabama is the only state in which judges use their authority to override juries, and impose a death sentence. It is what happened here in Florida to William “Tommy” Zeigler, who remains on death row, despite his innocence being irrefutable.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Two murders in two different counties, committed nearly two decades apart, which caused two families to be torn apart.

“To this day it’s the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever lived through,” said Lori Holsomback, victim’s sister.

“You’re away from everything you love and know, it’s kind of like being on a different planet,” said Randal Padgett, who was sent to death row.

In 1990 in Arab, Alabama, Randal Padgett’s estranged wife was stabbed to death. He was arrested and convicted of her murder.

“Well, the Judge sentenced me to death in Alabama’s electric chair on my birthday. Which I couldn’t believe because I couldn’t do this thing,” said Padgett.

Padgett said he was innocent through the entire trial, and stuck to his story for the three years that followed while on death row.

“It’s not a good feeling, you think when is mine, when is my…

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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