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June 4, 2015
Thomas Bevel v. State; Thomas Bevel v. Julie L. Jones, etc.
Mr. Bevel was convicted of the first-degree murders of Garrick Stringfield and Mr. Stringfield’s 13-year-old son, Phillip Sims, who were fatally shot in 2004. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence for the murder of the father and 12-0 to recommend a death sentence for the murder of the son. The trial judge condemned Mr. Bevel to death for both murders. This Court upheld the sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Bevel filed a postconviction challenge in trial court. It was denied; this is his appeal of that ruling.