Opelika man charged with murder to have sentencing Wednesday

Opelika man charged with murder to have sentencing Wednesday

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – An Opelika man is heading back to court - this time for sentencing - after an east Alabama jury found him guilty of murder back in March.

The shooting happened in March of 2013 outside an Opelika home. Investigators took the stand during the trial and testified that before Jones died he named Askew as his shooter. An inmate also testified and told the jury Askew told him in jail that he'd killed Jones with a .40 caliber pistol in a murder for hire scheme where we would be paid $10,000.

Askew did not take the stand. His attorneys maintain his innocence and say they will appeal.

The sentencing hearing will be held at 9 a.m. in the Lee County Justice Center.

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