Sentencing date set for WynnBy Emily Etheredge Published 3:26pm Thursday, January 10, 2013
A Selma man convicted in December of murder and rape in the first degree of a Clanton Walmart employee will be sentenced Feb. 25 in Autauga County.
Clifford Wynn will face charges in front of Circuit Court Judge Sibley Reynolds that could carry punishment of 10-99 years, or life in prison.
Wynn was arrested in December 2008 for the crimes but was released in August 2009 when a grand jury found evidence insufficient to warrant a formal charge.
Newer evidence later emerged resulting in Wynn’s indictment by an Autauga County grand jury in February 2012.
In April 2012, Wynn did not enter a plea that was originally scheduled for April 2.
Reynolds granted Wynn and his legal representation a continuance so they could review new evidence obtained by the prosecution, according to Jenny Hamilton, spokeswoman for District Attorney Randall Houston’s office.
The victim, Patricia Gayle Lasserre, 53 at the time of her death, was last seen leaving Clanton Walmart at 8:21 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2005. She was traveling Autauga County Road 1 and was seven miles from her home at the time of her murder. Her body was discovered on Dec. 20, 2005.