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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A man who spent a decade in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge has been sentenced to life in prison. A jury found Kharon Davis guilty of murder last month in the 2007 shooting death of Pete Reaves. The sentence imposed by Houston County Circuit Judge Kevin Moulton on Tuesday means Davis will eventually be eligible for parole.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state of Alabama will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to let it execute a police officer's killer on Thursday, even though the inmate is challenging the state's method of performing lethal injections. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wants more proceedings in that lawsuit, and ruled Wednesday that there's no reason to overturn a stay of execution meanwhile. The state attorney general's office says it will ask the justices to let the execution of Torrey Twane McNabb proceed.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Prison officials say an Alabama inmate is back in custody hours after he fled a correctional facility near the Gulf Coast. The Department of Corrections says 40-year-old William Shawn Foster was arrested early Wednesday after Conecuh County deputies saw him driving a stolen vehicle on Interstate 65. Foster was serving time for drug charges at the Loxley Work Release Center when he was reported missing Tuesday night.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A biology professor who survived being shot in the head during a massacre at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has died of natural causes. Madison County Coroner Bobby Berryhill tells al.com that Joseph Leahy died of a heart attack. The Madison resident was 58. An obituary says Leahy died Sunday. Leahy was shot in the head when fellow professor Amy Bishop opened fire during a faculty meeting in 2010. Three people were killed, and Leahy and two others were wounded.

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