Prosecutors urge jury to recommend death sentence


OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors in Opelika have asked a jury to recommend a death sentence for an Auburn man convicted of opening fire at a community college, killing his mother-in-law and wounding his estranged wife.

Prosecutors told jurors that 37-year-old Thomas Franklin May III put many students at risk when he opened fire on his wife’s family van in front of the main academic building at Southern Union State Community College in June 2011.

Defense lawyers say May has a history of mental problems and was taking medication that kept him from thinking normally.

The jury on Tuesday convicted May of capital murder and attempted murder, and now must recommend a sentence of either death or life in prison without parole.

The final decision will be up to Circuit Judge Jacob Walker.

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