Ala. Supreme Court Denies Jason Sharp’s Petition for New Trial

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) - The Alabama Supreme Court has denied a request from a man convicted of a 1999 murder in Huntsville.

Friday, the court denied the latest appeal filed by Jason Sharp.  He killed Tracy Morris, 33.

Jason Sharp (WHNT file)

Jason Sharp (WHNT file)

Sharp was convicted and sentenced to death.  There have been complicated appeals and rulings in the case - one granting him a new trial, and another reversing that.

Sharp's attorneys claim prosecutors struck too many African-Americans from the jury pool.  Sharp is white, and so was Morris.

Tracy Morris

Tracy Morris

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals sided with the Madison County District Attorney's Office, saying there was no wrongdoing in jury selection.

District Attorney Rob Broussard prosecuted the case.  WHNT News 19 asked him for his reaction on Friday's ruling.

"I'm pleased and I'm not surprised," Broussard said.

Prosecutors say Sharp stalked Morris for more than a year.  She rejected him and he raped her, sodomized her and stabbed her 37 times with a screwdriver.

Sharp is on Alabama's death row.