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Jury recommends life without parole

CULLMAN (AP) — Jurors recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole Wednesday for an Addison man convicted in the 2005 slaying of 26-year-old Joseph Scott Laney.

Richard Anthony Martin, 23, convicted of capital murder on Monday, will be sentenced June 21 by Cullman County Circuit Judge H. Frank Brunner, who is not bound by the jury's recommended penalty. He could impose the death penalty for Martin.

Jurors deliberated over two days in the penalty phase of the trial. They heard testimony from Martin's mother, Angela Feltman, about her son's drug addiction, including crystal methamphetamine use.

Laney was shot to death in his home in the Logan community.

A second man, Brent Cody Brown, 23, of Crane Hill, also was charged in the slaying and awaits trial.

Friends of Laney and the co-defendant testified that Brown owed Laney money, and that Laney had tried to collect the debt on multiple occasions before the murder.

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