published Monday, April 7th, 2014

AL man sentenced to life in blind aunt's death

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A Tuscaloosa man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2012 stabbing death of his blind aunt.

The Tuscaloosa News reports 37-year-old Kevin Demar Stines avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty today in the death of 55-year-old Gloria Martin.

Authorities have said Stines stabbed Martin in her chest before stealing cash and a rental car from her house in January of 2012.

Martin's relatives have said Stines was released from prison on a robbery charge months before the stabbing, and Martin — who visited Stines in prison and sent him money — let him live with her after he was released.

Stines will not be eligible for parole.

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