Man’s conviction, sentence reversed in 2013 Shoals hotel death

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Eugene Lee Jones (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

Eugene Lee Jones (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction and sentence of Eugene Jones on Friday.

Jones was serving life in prison for the death of Lula Addison, whose body was found in a Florence hotel in July 2013.

He was convicted of manslaughter in her death and sentenced in July 2015.

Jones appealed the sentence on the basis he was not properly appointed counsel when being interrogated by police.

Read the court’s opinion.

Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said his office will ask the Alabama Attorney General to appeal the reversal by the Appeals Court to the Alabama Supreme Court.

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