Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall applauded a federal court on Thursday for denying relief in a 2005 murder case involving a Radio Shack employee in Birmingham.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an earlier opinion and affirmed a district’s court decision to deny a habeas petition in the case of the murder of Justin Campbell, who was a manager at a Radio Shack store in Birmingham in 2005.
Campbell was 20 when he was found dead at the store by his father. He’d been shot in the back of the head, and his wallet was stolen. Over $1,000 was also missing from the store.
Brandon Washington was originally sentenced to death for Campbell’s murder but ultimately received life without parole when the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the prosecutor presented illegal evidence to the jury during the penalty-phase hearing.
Washington was a former employee of Radio Shack but had been fired for failing to show up to work.
Washington asked the 11th Circuit for further relief of his sentence.
“There is no disputing that Brandon Washington was found guilty by a jury of his peers for the brutal murder of Justin Campbell,” said Marshall. “Thanks to the hard work of lawyers in our Office’s Criminal Appeals Division and Solicitor General’s Division, the Eleventh Circuit’s opinion gives the Campbell family long-awaited justice.”
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