|Condemned TN inmate to learn whether sentence will be reduced|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate who faces execution in April signed an agreement Wednesday that could reduce his sentence to life in prison, if the judge approves it.
The agreement comes after Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman (ah-BOO’-ah-LEE’) (AHB’-dur-RAK’-mahn) filed a petition to reopen his case. Abdur’Rahman, who is black, argued the prosecutor deliberately eliminated black potential jurors from the jury pool, violating his rights under the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions.
Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins said he will make a decision by Thursday morning.
At a Wednesday hearing, Abdur’Rahman’s attorney introduced a 2015 letter from Nashville’s current district attorney general, Glenn Funk, about John Zimmerman, who prosecuted Abdur’Rahman’s case but now works in another district.
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