Tuesday, February 3, 2009


The man convicted of killing his ex-wife, her boyfriend, and a 16 year old neighbor, back in 1986, has been spared the death penalty.

A federal appeals panel upheld a ruling that Glenn Holladay is mentally challenged, and can not be put to death. A U.S. District Judge ruled that Holladay's IQ of 64, met the state's standard for mental retardation, which is a score of 70 or below.

The state appealed that ruling.

Former District Attorney James Hedgspeth, who prosecuted Holladay, believes he is not mentally retarded, regardless of what the IQ tests may show.

He was arrested in Florida several weeks following the slayings, which took place in the Tidmore Bend community of Etowah County.

Holladay was 37 when he shot and killed the victims his ex-wife Rebecca Holladay; her boyfriend David Robinson; and a 16 year old neighbor and family friend, Larry Thomas Jr. on August 25th, 1986.

Alabama Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw, said that the state will first ask the 11th Circuit to reconsider, before filing an appeal with the Supreme Court

(Source:WEIS Radio)

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