Carla Hughes Sentenced to Life Without Parole
Carla Hughes will serve a life sentence without parole for two counts of capital murder. Hughes killed her lover's fiance Avis Banks and her unborn baby in 2006. A Madison County jury returned with the verdict after less than one hour of deliberation.
Prosecutors were seeking for death penalty. They called Dr. Stephen Hayne, a state pathologist, as witness. He explained how Banks and her baby died after the injury they suffered.
Defense attorney called Hughes' aunt, Linda Hughes, as witness. Linda Hughes raised Carla since her birth, and described her as the perfect child.
Hughes described Carla as the perfect child, who later on earned two masters degrees, and a P.H.D..
She asked jurors to spare Carla's life, for all the good things she had done, and people she helped as a teacher.