Birmingham, Alabama - Prosecutors are disputing the innocence claims of a prisoner who’s trying to become the latest inmate freed from Alabama’s death row.
The state attorney general’s office asked a federal judge Monday to reject the appeal of 66-year-old Donnis George Musgrove.
Musgrove contends he’s innocent of a 1986 killing and has wrongly spent nearly 30 years on death row.
But prosecutors say Musgrove hasn’t proven his claims of innocence. And they say he never properly made those arguments in state court reviews.
The state also is rejecting Musgrove’s allegations of numerous errors during the trial. Those include claims of a faulty eyewitness identification, ballistics evidence planted by police and an ineffective defense lawyer.
Two other inmates have been released from Alabama’s death row since early April after winning appeals.