Donnie Abernathy was sentenced to death by the State of Alabama for the murders of three women. According to court documents Donnie Abernathy was upset over a child custody matter would go to the home of his ex girlfriend and opened fire killing three women: Sylvia Duffy, 71, her sister Clara Edwards, 68, and Edwards’ daughter, Pamela O’Shel, 48. Donnie Abernathy would kidnap a fourth woman after shooting a man at the residence who would survive his injuries. Donnie Abernathy would be involved in a car chase with police that ended shortly after it started. Donnie would be arrested and the woman was saved. Donnie Abernathy would be convicted and sentenced to death.
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A Cherokee County man has been convicted on two counts of capital murder, attempted murder, criminal mischief and attempting to elude following a trial held this week in Cherokee County District Court.
Donnie Lee Abernathy is charged in the killing of three women and the wounding of a man back in November of 2015 at a residence in the Round Mountain Community of Cherokee County.
Abernathy shot and killed the victims and forcefully took his ex girlfriend Jerrica Hamilton from the residence and attempted to elude officers before crashing his Ford Mustang a short time later.
Jerrica Hamiltion told investigators that Abernathy came into the house shot and killed all three victims and then kidnapped her, just prior to eluding police, Donnie Abernathy then told Hamilton to place a 911 call and tell them that everything was ok and that if she did not do so he would kill her and she would never see her child again.
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A Centre man has been sentenced to death, in connection with slayings that occurred back in November of 2015 here in Cherokee County.
Donnie Lee Abernathy has been sentenced to death by lethal injection with the order being handed down Monday (November 29th) by Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Andrew J. Hairston.
hat was District Attorney Mike O’Dell from a conversation WEIS Radio had with him just over a month ago following Abernathy’s conviction.
He went on to say Hamilton informed investigators that Abernathy entered the home on County Road 664 in an isolated area of the Round Mountain community, where he shot the victims before forcing her into his car and fleeing the scene.
Law Enforcement was able to take Abernathy into custody, after he lost control of the car and crashed.
The death sentence comes from the two counts of Capital Murder that Abernathy was facing. The date of execution will be set by the Alabama Supreme Court. Additionally Abernathy was given time for convictions on three other charges: Attempted Murder, Attempting to Elude and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.
We’ll continue to follow the case and will also announce when the execution date has been set.