Morgan County Judge Sentences Man To Life Without Parole


Michael Clay

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A Morgan County judge has sentenced Michael Clay to life in prison without parole.  Clay murdered Shawn Wydell Smith in January 2010.

A jury convicted Clay on September 26, taking about 30 minutes to return the verdict.  Wednesday, Judge Glenn Thompson sentenced Clay.

Smith, 36, was dating Clay’s former girlfriend at the time of the shooting.  Smith was shot twice, once in the chest and again in the back of the head.

Clay’s former girlfriend, Latonya Swopes, testified during the trial.

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