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      Christie Michelle Scott - Alabama Death Row

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      Convicted and sentenced to death on August 5, 2009 in the August 16, 2008 burning death of her six-year-old son Mason Scott.

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      August 6, 2009

      Judge Sentences Christie Scott to Death

      Jury had recommended life in prison for Scott

      RUSSELLVILLE, AL – A Franklin County judge has sentenced Christie Scott to death by lethal injection. Judge Terry Dempsey issued the sentence shortly after 9am.

      In July, a jury found Scott guilty of three counts of capital murder for setting a fire in her home that killed her six-year-old son, Mason. Seven of the jurors in the case recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.

      However, Judge Terry Dempsey said in his ruling the child’s death was more heinous, atrocious and cruel than many other capital cases and ordered Scott to die.

      “The Court is a great believer in the jury system and following the jury when at all possible,” Judge Dempsey wrote in his sentencing order. “Killing your own child for money by burning him alive is too much to overcome.”

      Judge Dempsey also wrote in his sentencing order, “To intentionally murder your child by burning him is shockingly evil.”

      During the trial, the state presented evidence that Mason, who was autistic, had a total of $175,000 worth of life insurance when he died. Christie Scott took out a $100,000 policy the day before her son died. Someone had also removed expensive jewelry and pictures from the home. Investigators also found an undamaged smoke detector in the ashes. It was believed to have been taken down before the fire.

      Defense attorney Robert Tuten argued the fire was accidental and there was no proof Scott set the fire. Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing contended Scott set the fire to collect her son’s life insurance money and to relieve herself of the burden of caring for an autistic child. Rushing pushed for the death penalty.

      “To me, the fact that she chose that manner of death for a child that was scared of fire puts her in a category that not only is possible for death, it definitely deserves the death penalty,” says Rushing.

      During Wednesday’s sentencing, Christie Scott took the stand and asked the judge to spare her life. Scott told the judge, “I am asking you to spare my life because I am innocent. I believe in time that I will be proven innocent.”

      Scott’s father and husband also asked the judge to let her live for their sake and the sake of her other son, Noah, who survived the August 2008 fire at the family’s home.

      However, that wasn’t enough to sway the judge’s decision.

      “Justice must be served,” the judge said. “The only way justice can be served in this case is by a sentence of death.”

      When she addressed the judge, Scott also accused jurors of not paying attention during the trial and making mean faces at her during her testimony. Scott, her family, and defense attorney Robert Tuten all feel scott did not receive a fair trial.

      “There is significant error in this case and this conviction and sentence will not stand,” says Tuten.

      Almost immediately after the judge’s ruling, Tuten filed a motion for a new trial. Prosecutors, however, are very confident the conviction will be upheld during the appeal process.

      “I think the judge’s emphatic statement in the sentencing that not only was he was sure, he had no residual doubt about the defendant’s guilt should put a lot of people’s fears to rest that she was wrongly convicted,” explains Rushing.

      In their verdict, jurors found Scott guilty of three counts of capital murder:

      * Capital murder for pecuniary/monetary gain
      * Capital murder committed during first-degree arson
      * Capital murder of a person younger than 14 years of age

      Judge Dempsey ordered Christie Scott to be turned over to the Alabama Department of Corrections. At this time, it’s not known how long she will remain in the Franklin County Jail.

      The Scott murder trial was the longest in Franklin County’s history. With this sentence, Scott joins four other women on Alabama’s death row.


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      Sometimes I wish states would pass an "Eye-For-An-Eye" bill, that would then subsequently be enacted into law. In these instances, the offenders sentenced to death would be forced to die in a manner just like their victim. Obviously that is nothing more than a pipe dream, for such a bill would never stand a chance. Lethal injection is much too kind for Christie Scott, who murdered her six-year-old autistic son (who was terrified of fire) by burning him alive for her own monetary gain. If given the chance, I would gladly strike the match that would do unto her as she did unto her own son.
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      Appeals court upholds Ala. woman's death sentence

      MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld the death sentence given to a Franklin County woman charged with setting the Aug. 16, 2008 house fire that killed her 6-year-old autistic son.

      The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the sentence given to 34-year-old Christie Michelle Scott. The unanimous opinion said the appeals court found death was the appropriate sentence for "the horrific murder."

      Court testimony said the fire appeared to have been set in the bedroom Mason shared with another child. Prosecutors accused Scott of setting the fire to collect on insurance policies. The court rejected Scott's arguments for overturning her conviction, including that her trial should have been moved out of Russell County because of publicity the case received.

      Scott is 1 of 4 women on Alabama's death row.


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      Court upholds Scott conviction

      This week the Alabama Supreme Court upheld the conviction in one of the biggest cases in the county’s history.

      On Friday, Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing received word that the guilty verdict and death sentence handed down to Christie Michelle Scott, 36, found guilty of the capital murder of her 6-year-old son, Mason, in 2008, was officially upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court in a 5-1 decision.

      The decision comes almost two years after the Alabama Criminal Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction and death sentence in a unanimous decision.

      “The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed the decision without an opinion, which just shows they were confident in the decision made by the Court of Criminal Appeals,” Rushing said.

      “If there was any plain error made during the trial that could cause the case to be retried or the verdict to be overturned, the Court of Criminal Appeals would be the ones to find the error. Since they didn’t point out anything in the entire 172-page opinion they issued, that shows pretty strongly that they were confident in the verdict and sentence.”

      In fact, Rushing said the end of the report issued by the Criminal Court of Appeals stated, “this court independently weighed the aggravating circumstances and mitigating circumstances as required by the Alabama Code of 1975 and is convinced, as was the circuit court, that death was the appropriate sentence for the horrific murder of six-year-old Mason.”

      Rushing said he was glad to have both of these courts affirm this case.

      “It was a huge relief to receive the initial affirmation from the Court of Criminal Appeals and it’s a great relief to have the Alabama Supreme Court even further affirm this case.

      “When you have a four-week trial with all the testimony and witnesses that we had in this case, there are so many issues that can come up that might present a problem in the appeals process, so this is a testament to the great job our circuit court did and all the others who played a role in this case.”

      This second affirmation comes more than five years after Scott was sentenced in August of 2009 for killing her son.

      Mason Scott died in a house fire that started in his bedroom at the Scotts’ home at 180 Signore Dr. in Russellville on Aug. 16, 2008, at 2:30 a.m.

      At the time of Mason Scott’s death, fire officials were unaware of how the fire started, even though they had determined it had started in or near Mason Scott’s bedroom where the child was found after the flames were extinguished.

      Christie Scott had managed to escape from the house with her youngest son, who was four years old at the time.

      Scott’s husband was out of town in Atlanta on business when the fire occurred.

      Fire investigations are standard in cases that result in fatalities, and once the investigation commenced, officials said investigators began noticing things that just didn’t seem to match up.

      “The first red flag of the investigation was the smoke detector, which seemed to have been ripped from the wall and didn’t match the way a normal smoke detector would have looked if it had still been attached to the wall and fully functional at the time of the fire,” Rushing said.

      “That was the first of many oddities and details that pointed to Christie Scott’s involvement in the fire.”

      Scott was accused of intentionally setting the fire that led to Mason’s death and was originally charged with Mason’s murder in September 2008 when a grand jury found enough information to charge her with three alternative counts of capital murder – one which accused Scott of intentionally killing her son by starting a fire for the purpose of monetary gain, one which accused Scott of intentionally killing her son as a result of committing first-degree arson, and one which accused Scott of intentionally killing someone who is less than 14 years old.

      Records indicate that during Scott’s initial bond hearing, testimony revealed that Scott took out an additional life insurance policy on her son the day before the fire.

      Under cross-examination from Rushing, Scott’s father, Donald Bray, gave testimony that affirmed his daughter had also been connected to at least three previous fires.

      The original trial began in June of 2009 and testimony lasted for approximately four weeks – the longest trial in Franklin County’s history.

      During the trial, the prosecution brought up point after point that they believed proved Scott’s guilt and calculated plan to set fire to the house and kill Mason while defense attorney Robert Tuten continually maintained Scott’s innocence and that the fire was electrical in nature and no fault of Scott’s.

      After four weeks of testimony and a little more than two days of deliberating, the jury returned guilty verdicts for all three alternative counts of capital murder.

      The jury recommended a sentence of life without parole, but in a sentence hearing on Aug. 5, 2009, Circuit Judge Terry Dempsey overruled the jury’s decision and gave Scott the death sentence stating, “Justice must be served and the only way justice can be served in this case is by death.”

      Scott has been housed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka on death row awaiting her case to go through the appeals process.

      Rushing said the decisions from the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court were the two biggest hurdles to overcome, but the appeals process will still continue.

      He said the case will move forward now to the federal appeals process.

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      Just 5 years to get to the federal appeals, it will take a while, but I say before 2035 is when he'll die.

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      Not on federal appeals yet. This was just the direct appeal. She'll file an appeal at SCOTUS before touring the state courts on postconviction matters before going through the federal courts. Wouldn't be likely to face an execution day for ten years yet.

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