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The capital murder conviction of Timothy Scott Boyle in the 2005 death of 2-year-old Savannah White has been upheld by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
Boyle was convicted in November 2009 and sentenced to death by lethal injection in March 2010 by Etowah County Circuit Judge David Kimberley for murdering Savannah. The jury in the trial, over which Kimberley presided, unanimously recommended the death penalty.
Kimberley also sentenced Boyle to 10 years in prison for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, evidence of which was found during the murder investigation.
Boyle’s attorneys had sought the appeal on multiple grounds, alleging Boyle was denied his right to a speedy trial; that the drug charge should have been separated from the capital murder charge, raising questions about jury selection; and that testimony and evidence that should have been impermissible were allowed in by Kimberley.
The Court of Appeals said, “After independently weighing the aggravating circumstance and the mitigating circumstances, this Court is convinced, as was the circuit court, that death is the appropriate punishment for the murder of 2-year-old Savannah.”
Savannah, the daughter of Boyle’s girlfriend, died from a series of blunt-force injuries to her head, according to testimony during the trial.
Savannah’s older sister testified she saw Boyle slap the child around and throw her against a bathtub in the family’s Rainbow City home not long before her death on Oct. 27, 2005.
Other witnesses testified Savannah was afraid of Boyle in the weeks leading up to her death.
Bruising around Savannah’s head was discovered during an autopsy and was consistent with what would occur after repeated open-handed blows to the head during a period of days or weeks.
“Because of the distribution, those were multiple strikes — I don’t know exactly how many — over half of her skull or more,” said forensic pathologist and key witness James Lauridson, who examined Savannah’s body after her death. “I cannot imagine how this could have been an accident.“
Brain swelling resulting from the blows was the official cause of death, Lauridson testified.
“The defendant’s actions in the brutal murder of this helpless child clearly fit within the parameters of the aggravating circumstances found by the jury to exist in this case,” Kimberley said in his judgment.