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No retrial for teen who slew neighbor

MOULTON — Evan James Miller, the Moulton teen convicted of beating a 52-year-old man with a baseball bat and leaving him to die in his burning mobile home, will not get a second chance in local court.

Lawrence County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Reich denied Millerís appeal for a new trial and a lighter sentence Thursday.

A grand jury found Miller, who was 14 at the time of the crime, guilty Oct. 20 of capital murder in the July 15, 2003, beating and burning of his neighbor, Cole C. Cannon.

Miller was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. His attorney, Bryan Stevenson, told Reich in court Jan. 12 that the sentencing was unconstitutional and that someone as young as Miller should be given a chance at freedom. The judge disagreed.

- Kristen Bishop

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