Donnis George Musgrove has spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row for a murder he says he didn't commit. He now has an unlikely ally in his appeal effort: a state judge who represented Musgrove's co-defendant while working as a defense attorney.
Another Alabama death row inmate is petitioning courts to order his release.
Donnis George Musgrove has been on death row for 27 years since being convicted of capital murder in February 1988. His request for release comes after two other men once on Alabama's death row are now enjoying freedom.
Alabama Supreme Court has asked the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to take another look at the case of death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton, convicted of killing two people during 1985 robberies at Birmingham fast food restaurants.
The 56-year-old Hinton had questioned the qualifications of a firearms expert who testified during the trial. The Supreme Court asked the appeals court to use a different standard when reviewing the trial judge's decision that the firearms expert was qualified.