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July 1, 2014

Ala inmate dies after 25 years on death row

— ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate convicted of capital murder is dead after spending more than 25 years on death row.

Prison officials say 49-year-old Ricky Adkins died early Tuesday in the infirmary at Holman prison in Atmore.

Authorities say an autopsy will determine the cause of death. Prison spokeswoman Kristi Gates declined comment on whether the man died of apparent natural causes or something else.

Adkins was convicted of capital murder in St. Clair County on Nov. 21, 1988. He was on death row in the slaying of real estate agent Billie Dean Hamilton during a rape, robbery and kidnapping.

A federal appeals court ordered a new trial for Adkins last year, but the trial had yet to be held. A hearing in the case was set for July 10.


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