FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2017
AG OFFICE ANNOUNCES COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS UPHOLDS MOBILE COUNTY MURDER CONVICTION
(MONTGOMERY)— Acting Attorney General Alice Martin announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on February 3 upheld the murder conviction of Arlando Raeshun Nichols. Nichols, 23, of Mobile, was convicted in December of 2015 for the murder of Zachary Alston.
Evidence was presented at trial that on the afternoon of May 11, 2014, Nichols and Alston had a personal dispute regarding an ex-girlfriend of Alston. Without any warning, Nichols fired two gunshots into Alston’s vehicle, killing him. Nichols then fled the scene and was later found and arrested in the state of Georgia.
The case was prosecuted at trial by Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich’s office. Nichols was sentenced to life imprisonment for his murder conviction. He subsequently sought to have his conviction reversed on appeal.
The Attorney General's Criminal Appeals Section handled the case during the appeals process, arguing for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to affirm the conviction. The Court did so in its recent decision.
Acting Attorney General Martin commended Assistant Attorney General Yvonne Saxon of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Section for her successful work in this case.