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Death row inmate appeals triple murder conviction

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James Ben Brownfield (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections) James Ben Brownfield (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)
Latham McCutchen, Brownfield's brother-in-law and victim Latham McCutchen, Brownfield's brother-in-law and victim
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JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A death row inmate returned to North Alabama for new hearings in his triple murder case.

James Brownfield was back in a Jackson County courtroom, more than nine years after he was found guilty of capital murder.

Brownfield was convicted of killing of his sister, Brenda McCutchen, his brother-in-law, Latham McCutchen, and Brenda's grandson, Joshua Hodges, on Christmas Day 2001.

On Monday, Brownfield's appeal attorneys questioned Gary Hartline about his handling of the case while representing Brownfield.

Meanwhile, members of the victim's family were in the courtroom. They feel that Brownfield got the death penalty and deserves the death penalty.

"It's a waste of the taxpayer's money. He's been found guilty in several different courts and I think it's time to do something about it," said the victims' relative, Wanda McCutchen.

The hearing is expected to last most of the week.

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