Ala. court affirms convictions of two death row inmates
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals won't review the cases of two men on death row, who were convicted in separate north Alabama killings
By Ivana Hrynkiw
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals won't review the cases of two men on death row, who were convicted in separate north Alabama killings.
The affirmations for Jordaan Stanly Creque and David Dewayne Riley Jr. were announced Friday in the court's weekly decision list.
Creque was convicted in 2013 of capital murder during the course of a robbery for the slaying of Jeffrey Mark Graff and Jessie Jose Aguilar. Both men were killed while working their shifts at the Krystal fast-food restaurant in Morgan County.
He was sentenced to death, and in 2014 was denied a new trial.
"We have searched the record for any error that might have adversely affected Creque's substantial rights and we have found none. For the foregoing reasons, we affirm Creque's capital-murder convictions and sentences of death," the order released Friday states.
The appeals court also affirmed the Lauderdale Circuit Court's decision, denying the appeal for Riley. Riley is on death row for his convictions in the 2005 slaying of 38-year-old Scott Michael Kirtley, who was shot to death during a liquor store robbery.
Riley was convicted for a second time in 2011, after the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals threw out his original 2007 case.
The court's order is based on a 2015 petition filed by Riley, which claims he had ineffective counsel at his second trial. That appeal was denied by the circuit court in 2016.
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