Donnie Lee Abernathy Sentenced to Death by Lethal Injection

A Centre man has been sentenced to death, in connection with slayings that occurred back in November of 2015 here in Cherokee County.

Donnie Lee Abernathy has been sentenced to death by lethal injection with the order  being handed down Monday (November 29th) by Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Andrew J. Hairston.

That was District Attorney Mike O’Dell from a conversation WEIS Radio had with him just over a month ago following Abernathy’s conviction.

He went on to say Hamilton informed investigators that Abernathy entered the home on County Road 664 in an isolated area of the Round Mountain community, where he shot the victims before forcing her into his car and fleeing the scene.

Law Enforcement was able to take Abernathy into custody, after he lost control of the car and crashed. 

The death sentence comes from the two counts of Capital Murder that Abernathy was facing.  The date of execution will be set by the Alabama Supreme Court.  Additionally Abernathy was given time for convictions on three other charges: Attempted Murder, Attempting to Elude and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.

We’ll continue to follow the case and will also announce when the execution date has been set.

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