The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a
man who crashed into his estranged wife's car at a busy Fort Smith intersection
then fatally stabbed her.
Thomas Springs had argued that he had ineffectual legal counsel in his 2005
trial when he was convicted of capital murder in the death of Christina
Thomas Springs argued that his lawyer should have called his son to testify
during the sentencing portion of the trial. But the Arkansas Supreme Court
noted Thursday that Springs' lawyers called 14 other witnesses who provided
positive testimony about Springs' character, work ethic and love for his
The court says the son's testimony likely wouldn't have changed the jury's
decision to sentence Springs to death.
(source: Associated Press)