Willie Burgess was sentenced to death by the State of Alabama for the murder of woman during a robbery. According to court documents Willie Burgess would enter the victims shop and in the process of robbing it would shoot and kill the owner. Willie Burgess would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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“[O]n the morning of January 26, 1993, [Burgess] rode his bicycle to the Decatur *146 Bait [and Tackle] Shop located at 214 Sixth Avenue, S.E., Decatur, Alabama, with the intention of committing a theft. He entered the shop and had a dialogue with the owner, Mrs. Louise Crow. The defendant then left the shop, returned home, changed clothes and walked back to the shop. The defendant again entered the shop, pulled out a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, demanded money from the cash drawer and ordered the owner to enter the shop’s bathroom. Once the victim had entered the bathroom, the defendant shot her in the face at close range, killing her. He then stole the victim’s car, picked up his girlfriend and her child and headed toward Huntsville, Alabama. The defendant was arrested in route to Huntsville, and at the time of arrest he was in possession of the victim’s car, a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a quantity of currency.”
After being returned to the custody of the Decatur police, Burgess made an admission to police detectives. Then, as he was walked through the parking lots between the Decatur City Hall and the Morgan County Jail, Burgess, while being videotaped by a cameraman for a local television station, made another admission in response to questions from reporters in which he admitted killing Mrs. Crow.