In February 1985, a restaurant manager in Birmingham was shot to death in the course of an after-hours robbery of his restaurant. A second manager was murdered during a very similar robbery of another restaurant in July. Then, later in July, a restaurant manager named Smotherman survived another similar robbery-shooting.During each crime, the robber fired two .38 caliber bullets; all six bullets were recovered by police investigators. Smotherman described his assailant to the police, and when the police showed him a photographic array, he picked out Hinton’s picture.
The police arrested Hinton and recovered from his house a .38 caliber revolver belonging to his mother, who shared the house with him. After analyzing the six bullets firedduring the three crimes and test-firing the revolver, examiners at the State’s Department of Forensic Sciences concluded that the six bullets had all been fired from the same gun: the revolver found at Hinton’s house. Hinton was charged with two counts of capital murder forthe killings during the first two robberies. He was not charged in connection with the third robbery (that is, the Smotherman robbery).
Judge(s): Per curiam
Jurisdiction: U.S. Supreme Court
Related Categories: Criminal Justice
|Supreme Court Judge(s)|
|Ruth Bader Ginsburg|
|Amicus Lawyer(s)||Amicus Law Firm(s)|
|Jeffrey Green||Sidley Austin LLP|
|Petitioner Lawyer(s)||Petitioner Law Firm(s)|
|Bryan Stevenson||Equal Justice Initiative|
|Respondent Lawyer(s)||Respondent Law Firm(s)|
|Andrew Brasher||Office of the Alabama Attorney General|