The Alabama Appeals Court has upheld the capital murder and murder convictions in two Madison County cases.
Richard Burgin and Cary Trant Jefferson both unsuccessfully appealed their convictions.
Madison County District Attorney Robert L. Broussard's office prosecuted both of the cases. Attorney General Steve Marshall commended Assistant Attorneys General Laura Irby Cuthbert and Thomas Leverette for their work in the cases.
Burgin, 55, stabbed and killed two brothers, Anthony Jackson and Terry Jackson, in May 2013. The Jackson brothers were working at a weekly food bank at the West Huntsville United Methodist Church when they were murdered. Burgin was convicted of capital murder in May 2017.
Jefferson, 48, shot his girlfriend, Doris Timmons, in the home they shared in April 2015. Timmons returned home from a night out with her family to Jefferson intoxicated and yelling at her. Jefferson told Timmons to leave but she slept in a spare bedroom instead. Jefferson entered the room and shot Timmons, paralyzing her from the chest down. Timmons died from her injuries three months later.
Burgin is serving a life sentence and Jefferson is serving a 30-year sentence.