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Warren Hardy convicted in death penalty case

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After three days of testimony, the jury has returned a verdict in the death penalty case against Warren Hardy, a man accused of killing Kathleen Lundy, a 72-year-old NASA retiree, in August 2016.

The jury found Hardy guilty on five counts:

  • One count of felony murder in the commission of a robbery – guilty
  • One count of first degree kidnapping – guilty
  • One count of first degree kidnapping – guilty
  • One count of first-degree domestic violence and aggravated stalking – guilty
  • One count of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle – guilty

Jurors spent about four hours deliberating on Wednesday and met briefly Thursday morning before announcing their decision.

The penalty phase is expected to begin immediately, where the jury will decide whether Hardy should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or sentenced to death.

Because the case occurred in 2016, before the state abolished the judicial override rule in 2017, the jury’s decision for or against the death penalty is a recommendation, and the Circuit Court Judge of Madison County, Chris Comer, will have the final say on the matter.


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