Taurus Jermaine Carroll, 35, an inmate at the St. Clair County Correctional Facility was sentenced to death on capital murder charges yesterday.
Carroll was convicted of capital murder of Michael Darrell Turner, 24 at the time of his death, from Montgomery.
The death sentence ordered by Circuit Court Judge Phil Seay was preceded by a unanimous recommendation by a St. Clair County jury on September 20, following a trial and penalty hearing.
Carroll was serving a life without parole sentence for capital murder when he murdered Turner. Turner was serving a sentence for robbery from Montgomery County at the time of his death and was scheduled to end his sentence in less than a year.
Trial evidence showed that Carroll suspected Turner of stealing his cell phone. Cell phones are prohibited in state prisons and are considered contraband.
Carroll stabbed Turner in the back with a prison-made knife. Turner died in the prison infirmary.
Investigators with the Alabama Department of Corrections determined that an inmate other than Turner took Carroll’s cell phone.
“This sentence should serve as a reminder to those in our state prisons who choose to use violence that you will pay a heavy price and possibly the ultimate price for your actions,” St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor said. “I am hopeful that one of the results of this sentence will be that our prisons will be a safer place for our correction officers and inmates.”
St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor and Assistant District Attorney John DeMarco prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Alabama.