Jury convicts man of murder in Phenix City slaying

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Updated: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 01:15:26 EST

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — A jury in eastern Alabama has convicted a man of capital murder.

Jurors in Russell County found that James Allen Harrison Jr. meant to rob and kill Thomas Fred Day Jr. when he slashed his throat during a confrontation inside the victim's Phenix City home on Jan. 13, 1998.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1pa5969) that the unanimous verdict was delivered Tuesday after a total of about four hours of deliberations since Monday afternoon.

Defense Attorney Ken Davis told jurors that Harrison beat Day and slit his throat to feed his crack cocaine addiction.

After he was first convicted in 2000, Harrison was sentenced to death in 2001. He won a retrial that led to this week's conviction after the court found two jurors from the earlier trial failed to disclose their potential prejudices.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

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