By William Thornton

 Murder suspect Richard Burgin. Jury in church food pantry killings takes field trip to West Huntsville United Methodist Church crime scene.

The Alabama Supreme Court today denied the appeal of a man convicted of killing two elderly brothers at a Huntsville church food pantry in 2013.

Alabama Supreme Court today upheld the capital murder conviction of Richard Burgin Jr., who is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The court did not render a written opinion on the case.

Burgin, 55, was convicted in 2017 for the fatal stabbings of Anthony Jackson, 74, and Terry Jackson, 69. The two men were volunteering at the West Huntsville United Methodist Church food pantry. Burgin showed up to rob them of money so he could fuel his drug habit, Madison County prosecutors arguedat trial. Anthony Jackson died at the scene in the church fellowship hall, while Terry died at Huntsville Hospital.

Prosecutors sought the death penalty, but the jury voted to sentence Burgin to life without parole. Circuit Judge Karen Hall later upheld the jury’s recommendation and handed down the sentence.

Just days after sentencing, defense lawyers Larry Marsili and Chad Morgan filed motions alleging their client was denied a fair trial and that the evidence against him was insufficient for a conviction. Hall denied their request for a new trial or acquittal. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the capital murder conviction a year later.

Burgin is currently serving his sentence at the St. Clair Correctional Facility.