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Parole hearing set for today

A parole hearing is set for today for Edward Russell Dubose, a Brewton man convicted of the 1988 murder of Stephanie King, who was abducted from Alco Baptist Church, raped and killed.

Family and friends of King are expected to attend the hearing in Montgomery. A Facebook page set up to let supporters know about the hearing has attracted nearly 1,000 members.

“I do appreciate all of the support,” King’s mother Sally King said last month. “There is a tremendous amount of support. There’s no way to tell people what they’ve done.”

Dubose was arrested and tried for Stephanie King’s kidnapping, rape and murder. A jury found him guilty, and he was sentenced to death.

But an appeals court later ruled that Dubose’s attorneys had not done enough to counteract DNA evidence used in the case. A new trial was ordered, but he pled guilty to avoid the death penalty before the trial could begin.

Dubose was denied parole five years ago.