Taurus Carroll was sentenced to death by the State of Alabama for the murder of another prisoner. According to court documents Taurus Carroll was already serving a life sentence for a previous murder when he would stab to death another prisoner at the St. Clair County Correctional Facility. Taurus Carroll would be convicted and sentenced to death.
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A 38-year-old twice-convicted killer will remain on Alabama’s Death Row following a ruling on his most recent appeal.
Attorney General Luther Strange today announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the capital murder conviction of Taurus Jermaine Carroll. Carroll was convicted in St. Clair County Circuit Court in September of 2012 for the murder of fellow inmate Michael Turner.
Turner was killed Sept. 14, 2009 at St. Clair County Correctional Facility. Testimony presented at trial showed Carroll accused Turner of taking his cell phone. Though Turner repeatedly denied the theft, Carroll stabbed him multiple times with prison-made knife made from part of an air conditioner vent.
Turner was stabbed 16 times in his head, neck and body. He died in the prison infirmary.
Authorities said Carroll told a correctional officer that he meant to kill Turner. He was arrested the following day by prison investigators.
Turner was serving time for a Montgomery County conviction on conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery first degree. He had been sentenced on Sept. 12, 2007 on the conspiracy charge, and July 17, 2008 on the robbery charge. He had served 2 years and 27 days of his sentences, which was due to end Aug. 17, 2010.
St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor prosecuted Carroll in Turner’s slaying. In 2012, Carroll was sentenced to death, and sought to have his conviction reversed on appeal. The Attorney General’s Capital Litigation Division handled the case during the appeals process, arguing for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to affirm the conviction. The Court did so in a decision issued on Friday.
Carroll already was serving a Feb. 13, 1998 life without parole sentence out of Jefferson County for a murder. Carroll initially was sentenced to death in the 1995 murder of Betty Long in a Kingston laundromat. Long was shot in the abdomen, in front of her daughter, at the family’s laundry business. Ninety dollars was taken in the holdup, along with the daughter’s necklace.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Alfred Bahakel sentenced Carroll to death in 1997, but the Alabama Supreme Court later overruled Bahakel’s sentence. The appeals court said Bahakel didn’t give adequate weight to mitigating circumstances in the case. Carroll was 17 when he killed Long.