Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hit man case suspect tells judge he's dying

Hit man case suspect tells judge he's dying: "Homer Alonzo Thomas, a prisoner in the Madison County jail suspected of trying to hire a hit man to kill his daughter-in-law, asked Circuit Judge Laura W. Hamilton on Thursday to release him so he can die at home.

Thomas' attorney, Larry Morgan, told the judge in a hearing Thursday that his client has stomach cancer and that his bladder has been removed. Thomas also suffers from coronary artery disease and has blockage in four mayor blood vessels, he said. He is so weak that he spends a lot of time in a wheelchair, Morgan said.

Assistant District Attorney Bill Starnes argued that Thomas is in jail without bond waiting for trial on serious felonies. Starnes said Thomas poses a serious threat to the community if he is released."

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