Joseph Wilson was sentenced to death by the State of Alabama for the murders of four people. According to court documents Joseph Wilson would fatally shoot four people following an argument over a stolen cell phone. Joseph Wilson would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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A Madison County judge will consider a petition for a new trial by Joey Wilson, who was convicted and given a death sentence for the infamous 1996 Huntsville cell phone murders.
Wilson’s petition to overturn his conviction, alleging ineffective assistance by his attorneys during his 1998 trial, was thrown out by a Madison County Circuit Court in 2002. But it was ordered sent back to the Madison County Circuit Court by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 2005. Wilson’s post-conviction appeal has languished since that 2005 ruling.
Judge Donna Pate now has the case and held a status conference today to identify the outstanding issues before the court.
Wilson was charged with Nicholas Acklin and another man in the fatal shootings of four people on Sept. 25, 1996 and the wounding of two others at a home on University Drive. The shootings followed a previous incident where someone in the home had reported to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department that Wilson had stolen his cell phone.
Acklin and Wilson were both convicted in 1998 and received death sentences, the third man, Corey Johnson, who did not fire a shot, was released from prison in 2011 after serving a 15-year sentence on a felony murder charge.
Wilson and Acklin remain and death row. Acklin is also appealing his conviction and sentence, arguing his attorneys did not adequately represent him which prevented him from getting a fair trial.
There are currently three amended petitions filed by Wilson’s attorneys arguing that his attorney did not provide an adequate defense and a fourth petition has been filed. The court is expected to first rule on whether the most recent petition is valid, before taking up the previous petitions.