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Life sentence handed down in 2005 murder case

Published 11:01am Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Selma man was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the 2005 rape and murder of a Clanton Walmart employee.

Clifford Wynn was sentenced Monday in Autauga County Circuit Court to one life sentence for rape and another life sentence for murder. He was convicted in December 2012.

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.

DNA evidence later emerged, resulting in Wynn’s indictment by an Autauga County grand jury in February 2012.

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.

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