Opelika Man Appeals Conviction in College Shooting

A man convicted of killing his mother-in-law and wounding his estranged wife at a community college in Opelika is appealing his case.

A Lee County jury convicted Thomas Franklin May III of capital murder and attempted murder in May. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

May’s court-appointed attorneys have filed notice that they are taking his case to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

The shootings occurred outside the main classroom building at Southern Union Community College in 2011 as May’s estranged wife, Bethany Mitchell, was leaving class and getting into a van with her mother and other family members.

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