More GOP Candidates visting Alabama, Voter Registration

Aug 24, 2015

The latest Alabama inmate seeking freedom from death row says the state is wrongly ignoring his claims of innocence while his health fails.

 Donnis Musgrove maintains the state is arguing about technicalities rather addressing legitimate concerns about his 1988 conviction and death sentence.

Musgrove was sentenced to die for the killing of Coy Eugene Barron in 1986. His attorneys maintain the prosecution falsified evidence.

They’re asking a federal judge in Birmingham to overturn Musgrove's conviction. His attorneys filed a brief late Friday accusing the state of failing to address questions about innocence.

Prosecutors didn't have any immediate response.

Musgrove is trying to become the third inmate freed from Alabama's death row since April.

Alabama is preparing for the arrival of more Republicans vying for the GOP presidential nomination.

Doctor Ben Carson will be arriving in Montgomery and Texas Senator Ted Cruz will be in Tuscaloosa tomorrow. However their events are expected to be smaller than G-O-P frontrunner Donald Trump’s event over the weekend in Mobile.

While in town Trump played up his connection to a hometown politician...

“We have a great politician here. We have a man here who really helped me, and he was the one person, I sought his council because he has been so spot on, he is so widely respected, has anyone here heard of senator Jeff Sessions?”

Trump's rally drew around thirty thousand people to Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Tomorrow, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be attending an event in Birmingham.

A voter registration event is taking place tomorrow in Dale County.

The Alabama Secretary of State’s office is putting on the event at the Midland City Town Hall tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The goal is to keep voters involved when election day comes. Secretary of State John Merrill says these registration events will allow more Alabamians to register to vote and participate in future elections…

“We want to make it convenient, so we are taking voter registration drives to Walmart, we are taking them to churches on Sunday afternoon’s in between services. We want to make it as convenient as possible for all eligible, qualified voters to have the opportunity to register.”   

Merrill says all Alabamians need is a valid form of identification such as a driver’s license to get registered to vote.