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      Jesse Earl Scheuing - Alabama Death Row

      November 30, 2008

      Sean Adam Cook, 27

      OXFORD, Ala. (Map, News) - Authorities are searching for a Georgia parolee in the shooting death of a convenience store clerk in Oxford, Alabama.

      One suspect in the robbery and slaying of 27-year-old Sean Adam Cook is in custody. Officers arrested 21-year-old James Merrill Potts of Weaver on Saturday and charged him with capital murder.

      But a search continues for 21-year-old Jesse Earl Scheuing of Waycross, Ga.

      Georgia prison records show Scheuing was paroled on Aug. 6 from Valdosta State Prison. He had been serving sentences for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other charges related to automobile theft.


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      September 14, 2010

      Trial begins for Pak-A-Sak murder suspect

      Jury selection began Monday for the trial of one of three suspects charged with capital murder in the shooting death of an Oxford convenience store clerk two years ago.

      The trial begins this morning.

      Jesse Earl Scheuing, 24, of Waycross, Ga., will appear in Circuit Judge Malcolm Street’s courtroom today to be tried on capital murder, first-degree robbery and attempted murder charges. If convicted of the capital murder charge, Scheuing faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

      Oxford police said that in November 2008, Scheuing shot and killed Sean Adam Cook, 27, at the Express Mart No. 11, owned by Samco on Hamric Drive in Oxford.

      Surveillance video footage from the night shows a man walking in, talking to Cook as if they were friends, shooting him in the head with a pistol, stealing cash and fleeing, Owens said.

      Police responded to the scene around 12:50 a.m., after a distraught store patron called to say she found the clerk lying on the ground behind the store counter.

      After a five-day manhunt, Scheuing was picked up in Marion County, Iowa by officers there, Owens said. He was extradited to Calhoun County on Dec. 6, 2008.

      Since then, Scheuing has been awaiting this week’s jury trial in the Calhoun County Jail, where he allegedly attempted to kill fellow inmate Donald Eugene Frye, 32, of Jacksonville.

      Sheriff Larry Amerson told The Star last year that Scheuing used a ballpoint pen to stab Frye at least 50 times while the two were out of their cells for their standard one hour per day.

      The incident resulted in the attempted murder charge that Scheuing faces trial on this week, in addition to the capital murder and robbery charges stemming from the Pak-A-Sak case.

      Jury selection began Monday at 8:30 a.m. and lasted all day, Street said.

      The process of whittling down the 108 jury candidates to 12 jurors plus two alternates took longer than usual, Street said, because the lawyers had to ensure the jurors were willing to consider the death penalty as a possible outcome for the suspect but would also be open to life in prison without parole — what court officials refer to as “death penalty qualified.”

      “Many people think they know where they stand on the (death penalty) issue, but as they get asked those questions (during selection), it becomes more difficult,” Street said.

      The start of the jury selection process was also delayed by 30 minutes Monday morning, because Calhoun County deputies were late bringing Scheuing to court.

      Scheuing’s parents sat through the jury selection — which saw challenges from both state prosecutors and the defense, based on potential jurors’ answers to questions regarding the death penalty.

      Chief assistant District Attorney Brian McVeigh and assistant district attorney Lynn Hammond are prosecuting the case. Scheuing has retained local defense lawyers William Miller and Timothy Burgess for his representation.

      Opening statements from both sides will be heard this morning between 8:30 and 9 a.m., according to Street.

      Records from the Georgia Department of Corrections show that Scheuing was on parole for a previous felony firearm-possession conviction when the Pak-A-Sak shooting occurred.

      Also charged with capital murder in the Pak-A-Sak case are Tifani Lei Kulp, 23, of Anniston and James Merrill Potts, 23, of Weaver. Police say the married couple were in the getaway car used in the murder. Owens said Kulp was not charged originally, because she was helping them in the search for Scheuing. But a grand jury later indicted her, he said.

      McVeigh told The Star last year that more information about Kulp’s involvement in the crime will come out at Scheuing’s trial.

      Kulp’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 18, 2010, and Potts’ is set for Nov. 27, 2010, according to court records.


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      September 17, 2010

      Georgia man found guilty of killing Oxford clerk

      A Georgia man has been found guilty of killing an East Alabama store clerk.

      A jury announced the verdict Friday morning.

      Jesse Earl Scheuing was charged with capital murder for the death fo Sean Adam Cook, who worked at a Pak-N-Sak store in Oxford back in November of 2008.

      Scheuing was arrested in Iowa.

      The sentencing phase begins on Monday. He faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.


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      September 21, 2010

      Ala. jury recommends death in store clerk killing

      A jury recommended the death penalty Tuesday for a Georgia man who was convicted of capital murder in the 2008 shooting death of an Oxford convenience store clerk.

      The jury voted 10-2 to recommended the death sentence for Jesse Earl Scheuing, 24, of Waycross, Ga., convicted in the killing of Sean Adam Cook, 27, during a robbery.

      The only other possible sentence was life without parole. Circuit Judge Malcolm Street, who is not bound by the jury's recommendation, will impose the sentence Nov. 9.

      The jury deliberated only nine minutes in convicting Scheuing in a trial that included video evidence that prosecutors said showed him pulling the trigger inside the store.

      During the sentencing phase, jurors were also shown a security camera video from the Calhoun County Jail in which Scheuing creeps up behind another inmate, Donald Frye, and begins stabbing him with a Bic pen.

      "He came up behind me, stabbed me twice in the kidney and like 84 times in the arm and shoulder," Fry testified. Authorities said Frye, who curled into a fetal position, was stabbed 87 times before deputies rushed in and stopped the attack after about 30 seconds.

      Defense attorneys William Miller and Timothy Burgess told the jury of Scheuing's troubled, neglected childhood.

      "There is no excuse," JoAnne Terrell, an instructor in social work at the University of Alabama, told the jury. "But there are reasons to understand how a person can reach this point."

      Two Weaver residents, James Potts and Tifani Kulp, both 24, are to stand trial later this year on capital murder charges in Cook's death.


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      Judge sentences Scheuing to die for Oxford killing

      A judge has sentenced Jesse Scheuing, 24, to death for shooting to death an Oxford store clerk two years ago.

      Calhoun County Circuit Judge Malcolm Street will handed down his ruling during a sentencing hearing this afternoon. The only other potential penalty was life in prison without the possibility of parole.

      Two months ago, a jury convicted Scheuing, originally from Waycross, Ga., on charges of capital murder and felony robbery after watching video surveillance of the murder and Scheuing’s taped confession to Iowa and Oxford law-enforcement officials.

      After the week-long trial, the jury recommended that Street sentence Scheuing to death in a 10-2 decision.

      While the jury deliberated on Sept. 21, Street told The Star that he has never had occasion to disagree with a jury in a capital murder case.

      Street said he felt that a jury’s recommendation was a good representation of the society and that he has both sentenced people to life in prison without parole and the death penalty.

      It took the jury about an hour and a half to recommend death for Scheuing, but it only took nine minutes to convict him of shooting clerk Sean Adam Cook Nov. 28, 2008 – the day after Thanksgiving – at the Express Mart No. 11 on East Hamric Drive in Oxford.


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      Scheuing’s accomplice pleads guilty to murder, robbery

      A defendant charged with capital murder for his alleged role in the 2008 shooting of an Oxford convenience store clerk accepted a plea agreement this morning, pleading guilty to separate, lesser charges of murder and first-degree robbery.

      James Potts, 23, accepted the agreement offered to him by state prosecutors at 8:30 a.m. in Circuit Judge Brian Howell’s courtroom.

      Howell said the plea deal requires that Potts, originally of Weaver, serve two life sentences – one for the murder charge and one for the robbery.

      The plea agreement comes just one week after Circuit Judge Malcolm Street handed down a death-penalty sentence for Potts’ accomplice: Jesse Scheuing, the 24-year-old Georgia native who actually pulled the trigger and killed Express Mart No. 11 clerk Sean Adam Cook during a November 2008 robbery.

      A jury convicted Scheuing of capital murder and felony robbery after a September trial revealed taped video footage of the murder, robbery and Scheuing’s subsequent confessions to Iowa and Oxford law enforcement officials.

      Evidence presented at Scheuing’s trial revealed that while Scheuing killed Cook and robbed the store, located on East Hamric Drive, Potts and his wife, 23-year-old Tifani Kulp, waited in the getaway car in a nearby parking lot.

      Because of their alleged roles as accomplices to a murder that was committed during a felony robbery, Potts and Kulp were arrested on capital murder charges days after the crime was committed.

      Both Potts and Kulp were to face trials on those charges this fall. Defendants in capital murder cases can receive one of two outcomes: the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

      But Potts pleaded guilty to the lesser charges this morning, effectively avoiding the possibility of a death penalty sentence. The plea deal also means that Potts will be considered for parole after spending 15 years in prison, Howell said. Court records show that Kulp’s trial was originally set for early October in Circuit Judge Joel Laird’s courtroom, but it was pushed back. The status of her case is unclear and attempts to reach Laird and state prosecutors this morning have been unsuccessful.

      Attempts to reach defense attorneys for Potts and Kulp were also unsuccessful Thursday morning and early afternoon.

      In addition to two life sentences, Howell said Potts was ordered to pay $10,000 in fines plus other miscellaneous court fees.


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      On November 8, 2013, Scheuing's death sentence was affirmed by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.


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