published Friday, October 5th, 2012

Appeals court upholds Alabama woman’s death sentence

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A state appeals court has upheld the death sentence given to a Franklin County woman charged with setting the Aug. 16, 2008 house fire that killed her 6-year-old autistic son.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the sentence given to 34-year-old Christie Michelle Scott. The unanimous opinion said the appeals court found death was the appropriate sentence for “the horrific murder.”

Court testimony said the fire appeared to have been set in the bedroom Mason shared with another child. Prosecutors accused Scott of setting the fire to collect on insurance policies. The court rejected Scott’s arguments for overturning her conviction, including that her trial should have been moved out of Franklin County because of publicity the case received.

Scott is one of four women on Alabama’s death row.

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