Death sentence overturned in Scott County couple's slayings

Death sentence overturned in Scott County couple's slayings

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Hubert Glenn Sexton (source: Tennessee Department of Correction) Hubert Glenn Sexton (source: Tennessee Department of Correction)

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned a death sentence for a man convicted of murdering a Scott County couple in their bed and has ordered that a new jury decide whether to execute the inmate or spare his life.

The state's highest court said Tuesday that prosecutors committed misconduct by making inappropriate statements to the jury during the murder trial of Hubert Glenn Sexton.

The court also found that some evidence should not have been admitted because it was highly prejudicial.

The Supreme Court, however, refused to overturn Sexton's two first-degree murder convictions, saying the evidence against him was overwhelming, including the fact that he admitted killing Stanley and Terry Sue Goodman to at least three people.

The Goodmans were shot to death in their Huntsville home in 2000.

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