Carmichael gave what the court deemed an “implausible” alibi for the crime in his first interview with police. He said he drank with a hitchhiker, passed out and woke up in a ditch. When he found his car a few blocks away, he found a gun with three shots in it and he took the gun to the police because, he said, he had read an article about the crime in the newspaper. He was clean shaven and skinned. Marsh’s wife said her attacker had a mustache and was scratched during the fight. She identified Marsh in a queue as her attacker.
Hutchinson’s recommendation, which is open for public comment for 30 days, noted objections from Pulaski’s district attorney, Larry Jegley.
Hutchinson recommended reducing Carmichael’s sentence to 35 years. It has been over 35 years since his conviction. He has been in state prison since November 1987, according to state records. Records do not indicate any major disciplinary violations in his file.
I await further comments from the governor and the prosecutor.
Among other clemency measures today, the governor recommended commutations for
Lowana D. Carroll/Cooper and Bryan Dickinson. Carroll/Cooper, sentenced to life in 1992 for aggravated robbery in Hot Spring County, would immediately become eligible for parole. The circuit judge and sheriff objected to the commotion. Dickson was sentenced to 40 years in Fulton County in 2000 for first-degree murder. He would also immediately become eligible for parole.