Acklin’s Hearing for New Trial Wraps Up; Judge to Rule Later


Nicholas Acklin leaves the courtroom. (Venton Blandin/WHNT News 19)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The defense and prosecution rested Thursday morning in the hearing to determine whether a man convicted in a series of murders in 1996 receives a new trial.

Nicholas Acklin is on Alabama's death row for his role in Huntsville's "cell phone murders."  Four people were shot to death over a stolen cell phone, and two others were hurt.

Acklin claims he had ineffective counsel during his trial.  His lawyer from the trial, Behrouz Rahmati, testified this week.  Acklin's new attorney is William Montross, Jr. of the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Thursday's testimony included statements from one of Acklin's brothers about the childhood abuse they suffered.  Read more of our coverage from the past week:

-Acklin Hearing: Defense Witness Signals Numerous "Red Flags"
-Acklin, Convicted in Cell Phone Murders, Seeks New Trial
-New Testimony in Hearing for "Cell Phone Murders" Defendant
-Allegations of Childhood Abuse Made as "Cell Phone Murders" Killer Seeks New Trial

Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Comer will consider testimony presented during this week's hearing.  He's not expected to issue a ruling for several months.

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