No. 88-7160.

877 F.2d 921 (1989)

Paul F. LEVERETT, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Larry SPEARS, Warden, Respondent-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

July 19, 1989.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

L. Dan Turberville, Birmingham, Ala., Irvin J. Langford, Mobile, Ala., for petitioner-appellant.

P. David Bjurberg, and William D. Little, Asst. Attys. Gen., Montgomery, Ala., for respondent-appellee.

Before JOHNSON and CLARK, Circuit Judges, and ZLOCH, District Judge.

ZLOCH, District Judge:

The petitioner, Paul F. Leverett, was charged under an indictment with the capital offense of murder for hire of his wife, Elizabeth Smith Leverett. He was convicted on May 2, 1983 of the offense of murder and was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment. His conviction and sentence were upheld by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on August 14, 1984. The Alabama Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari on January 25, 1985...

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