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By Joe Thomas
Ledger Editor 

Jay man coming off death row

Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals reverses capital murder conviction on Brett Yeiter


December 23, 2021


A Jay man who admitted to killing his father-in-law and was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death has been removed from death row and a new trial has been ordered following a ruling from the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

Brett Richard Yeiter was convicted in Escambia County (Ala.) Circuit Court of capital murder in the death of Paul Phillips, 69, on Oct. 27, 2014. Phillips was the pastor of Books of Acts Holiness Church and was found shot to death while inside his truck parked outside the church on Jimmie Sellers Road.

Yeiter admitted to having a conflict with Phillips and...

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