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Humphrey murder conviction upheld

February 6, 2007

Albany-  The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of an Albany man who brutally murdered an 11 year old girl in 1993. 

On March 30, 2001 Cody Lee Humphrey was found guilty of felony and malice murder in the stabbing death of 11 year old Precious Hostick. Hostick was attacked inside her family's apartment across from Dougherty High in 1993.  She was stabbed 42 times and found with her nightgown pulled up. Humphrey's attorney filed a motion for a new trial in 2002 and when that was denied he appealed to the Supreme Court questioning the way Humphrey was identified during the trial.

"This witness who was a younger child at the time of the crime was about 10 years old, was really reluctant to testify at the time the crime occurred because of fear of the defendant, later on when the case was re-investigated, the child who was now a teenager was willing to come forward and present the evidence and was able to show to the court and the jury how he was able to identify the defendant which included him having personal knowledge of the name and identity of the defendant beforehand," said Greg Edwards, Chief Assistant District Attorney. 

Humphrey was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Edwards says they didn't pursue the death penalty for Humphrey because of the length of time between when the crime occurred in 1993 and when Humphrey was tried in 2001. 

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