FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2012
AG ANNOUNCES THAT COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS UPHOLDS
WINSTON COUNTY MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER CONVICTIONS
Attorney General Luther Strange announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the murder conviction of Michael Dale Bonds and the two reckless manslaughter convictions of Larry Craig McCluskey. Bonds, 31, of Double Springs, was convicted in the Winston County Circuit Court in March of 2008 for the murder of Jimmy Ingram. McCluskey, 37, of Jasper, was convicted in the Winston in County Circuit Court in May of 2011 for the deaths of William and Doris Humphries.
In the Bonds case, the evidence presented at trial indicated that Bonds shot Jimmy Ingram at a Double Springs gas station after the men had been having an extended quarrel relating to child visitation matters. Bonds shot Ingram while Ingram's three year old child was present, then Bonds stood over Ingram while he was on the ground and shot Ingram until Bonds ran out of ammunition. Ingram died from the gunshot wounds.
In the McCluskey case, the evidence presented at trial indicated that McCluskey casued a fatal traffic collision that killed William and Doris Humphries, ages 82 and 78, while McCluskey was under the influence of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
The cases were prosecuted at trial by Winston County District Attorney John J. Bostick’s office. Bonds was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder conviction and as well a year imprisonment for an additional related conviction for reckless endangerment. McCluskely was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for each manslaughter death, which sentences were ordered to be served consecutively. Each of these defendants subsequently sought to have their convictions reversed on appeal.
The Attorney General's Criminal Appeals Division handled the cases during the appeals process, arguing for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to affirm the convictions. The Court did so in decisions issued on Friday, April 13.
Attorney General Strange commended Assistant Attorneys General William Dill and Jack Willis of the Attorney General's Criminal Appeals Division for their successful work in these cases.
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