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Aubrey Shaw was sentenced to death and remains on Alabama Death Row for the murders of his Great Aunt and Uncle. According to court documents Aubrey Shaw would murder Bob and Doris Gilbert who were stabbed over fifty times. Aubrey Shaw would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

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A Mobile County jury convicted Aubrey Lynn Shaw of capital murder today in the stabbing deaths of his great uncle and great aunt on their St. Elmo farm in 2007.

The jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Shaw, 36, guilty of 4 counts of capital murder in the August 2007 slayings.

Bob and Doris Gilbert, 79 and 83, lived together on Gilbert Stables farm off Argyle Road in south Mobile County since the early 1970s. They were found stabbed 50 times in their bedroom.

“They weren’t strong and young, like the defendant,” said Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich in closing arguments. “They were living out the remainder of their years on their farm … when they were brutally stabbed … They were in the sanctity of their home and he took their lives.”

Shaw lived in a trailer home on the farmland, and he was arrested there after he told a neighbor that he’d killed two people. Investigators found a wooden-handled knife coated in blood in the grass outside the trailer.

The defense said he was high on crack cocaine at the time.

The jury must now decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without parole for Shaw. The jury is expected to begin hearing testimony in the penalty phase Tuesday.

Today, two experts from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences testified.

Investigators found Bob Gilbert’s blood on the handle and blade of the knife, according to testimony, and on Shaw’s shoes and socks. A shirt with Gilbert’s blood was found lying on Argyle Road.

No blood was found on Shaw’s hands or underneath his fingernails, according to testimony.

After confessing to a neighbor, Shaw told a Mobile County Sheriff’s deputy that he wanted the death penalty — something an innocent person wouldn’t do, Rich told the jury.

Shaw went to a nearby resident’s house and asked whether the man knew anyone who wanted to buy a .357 Magnum handgun, according to the prosecution. After the Gilberts were found dead, investigators discovered that guns — including a .357 — were missing from the house.

Shaw was found guilty of 2 counts of capital murder for each victim. For each victim, he was convicted under two definitions of capital murder: killing more than one person in the same incident and killing someone in the midst of a burglary.

The trial will continue Tuesday in Mobile County Circuit Judge Michael Youngpeter’s courtroom at Mobile Government Plaza

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