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John Milton Hardy (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

ATMORE, Ala. – An Alabama death row inmate convicted for a 1993 robbery and murder in Decatur was found dead in his cell on Monday.  John Milton Hardy was 43 years old.

He was serving his sentence at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore.   A corrections officer found Hardy unresponsive in his cell during an early morning security check.   Medical officials responded, but were unable to  revive Hardy.  A corrections doctor pronounced him dead at 3:23 a.m.

Hardy and Ulysses Charles Sneed, 45, were both sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of Clarence Nugene Terry.   Hardy and Sneed were convicted of killing Terry by shooting him several times during the armed robbery of a convenience store in Decatur, where Terry worked.

Hardy’s cause of death remains under investigation.  The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences will perform an autopsy.