Alabama Mother Gets Death Sentence

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Franklin County, Ala., judge has ordered a death sentenced for a Russellville woman accused of setting a house fire that killed her 6-year-old son in order to collect life insurance.

Circuit Judge Terry Dempsey sentenced 31-year-old Christie Michelle Scott Wednesday, deciding not to go along with the jury, which recommended life in prison without parole.

Scott was convicted of capital murder in July for starting the fire at her family's Russellville home that killed Mason Scott a year ago.

She was accused of starting the fire to collect $175,000 in life insurance on her son, including a $100,000 policy purchased 12 hours before his death.

Dempsey said a death sentence is "the only way justice can be served in this case."

Scott testified during the trial that she was innocent and did not know how the fire started.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    Stacy- you are repulsive. Here an innocent child is killed by it's own mother and all you can do is sit back and talk about how stupid the child must of been for not being able to survive! Then if that wasn't enough you have to make a racial comment. Just based on your comment you have shown everyone reading this that you have no heart or compassion and how truly stupid YOU ARE! Get a heart!
  • by STACEY Location: MERIDIAN on Aug 6, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    WONDER WHAT SHE DO WITH ALL THAT MONEY? HER CHILD MUST'VE BEEN RETARDY OR PERHAPS SLEEP WHEN THIS HAPPEN.ANY OTHER NORMAL CHILD WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE HECK OUT OF DODGE.I BET THIS HAD TO BEEN SOMEONE WHITE.THEY ALWAY DOING SOMETHING TO THEIR KIDS TO BUY THINGS THEY DONT NEED.
  • by Loving Mother Location: Meridian on Aug 6, 2009 at 03:03 AM
    My heart goes out to this family because it is so shameful that a mother feels her child is only worth a few thosand of dollars. I have three wonderful children and I would give my life for them at any point and time. I think that this "mother/murderer" deserves the punishment that she gets, and I pray that she finds "God" before her death!!
  • by Gigi Location: DALLAS/FT WORTH on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:09 PM
    THIS IS ANOTHER SAD CASE OF OUR WORLD GOING IN SANE. I PRAY THIS MOTHER WILL REACH OUT TO GOD AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS. WE NEED PRAYER IN THIS WORLD TODAY AND FORVER. THIS WORLD IS ALMOST GONE. YOU HEAR TOO MUCH CRAZY THINGS GOING ON NOW.
  • by Mother Location: Meridian on Aug 5, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    This is so sad that an innocent child had to perish. You don't call such as she a mother. How on earth could a mother take the life of one of her own children. She should have the same kind of death her baby had, maybe that is not harsh enough in her case she should be hung!!!!
  • by mom Location: philadelphia on Aug 5, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    How could you do that to your baby? I can not imagine...
  • by Deborah Location: Enterprise on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    that's good but how long is she going to be a guest of the state? 30 years? I don't believe in capital punishment, but in this case, she needs to fry.
  • by A MOTHER Location: MERIDIAN on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    HATE TO SAY IT . BUT GOD BE WITH HER, SHE NEED TO NEVER, EVER SEE THE STREETS AGAIN.. NEVER!!!
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