Troy King is still mad at Shelby County DA Robby Owens. So mad that he’s trying to get a judge to bar Owens’ testimony in a court hearing — even though Owens supports his position.
Amazingly, King has asked a judge to bar Shelby County District Attorney Robby Owens from testifying in a court hearing involving a Death Row inmate’s appeal of his death sentence – even though Owens, like the attorney general, opposes Michael Brandon Samra’s efforts to escape the death penalty for the 1997 murder of four people, including two children.
“These motions are necessary because – though Mr. Owens in recent days has changed his position and told the … family that he will not side with the barbaric child murderer Brandon Samra – this new position is a complete change from his original position when he said Samra … in `fairness’ should be resentenced,” King said in a statement Thursday.
Owens said King is wrong and is trying to score “political points.”
Troy King try to score political points? Say it isn’t so.
Last month Troy removed Robby Owens from a death row case because Owens chose justice over political expediency, asking a judge to re-sentence LaSamuel Gamble. Gamble and then-juvenile Marcus Presley had been convicted of capital murder, but store security tape showed that Presley was the killer. Owens reasoned that executing Gamble but not Presley would be a miscarriage of justice. Troy, of course, did not agree. Apparently, he thinks life in prison without the possibility of parole (the only other sentencing option in a capital case) is a cakewalk.
Michael Samra is citing the Gamble case in an attempt to get off Death Row, but Owens — and King — don’t buy his reasoning.
Owens argues Samra’s case is different than Gamble’s. Unlike Gamble, who participated in a robbery but took no life, Samra shot one of the victims and cut the throat of one of the children.
Owens’ position is at least defensible, and this time, it’s in line with the attorney general’s viewpoint. But that isn’t enough to stop King from waging his war on … something.
That Troy — he just can’t abide people who, um, agree with him.