U.S. murder trial has ties to B.C.'s Kootenay region
Woman fled to Nelson, B.C. out of fear for her safety following 2004 murder
A sensational U.S. murder case that reaches from the rural U.S. to Nelson, B.C., may get another day in court as the man convicted claims he did not receive a fair trial.
Charles James "CJ" Hatfield was killed near Dothan, Alabama, in March 2004.
In 2008, James Bailey was convicted of participating in the murder, but claims a combination of a forced confession and police misconduct in Alabama made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.
Bailey also said through his lawyer Ruth Robinson that new evidence proves he did not commit the crime and in fact he was in another state when it occurred.
Bailey's former girlfriend, Heather Lynn Brown, was involved in his arrest but fled to Nelson in B.C.'s West Kootenay region before the case went to trial.
She said she feared for her own safety and could not stay in the state.
Bailey is now awaiting word about whether he will get a re-trial.
In the following feature report, Alabama Justice, CBC reporter Bob Keating tells the full story of the murder and its ripple effect into Canada.
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