Crawford sentenced to 99 years following murder conviction

Jason Crawford, having been found guilty in the murder of Tiffiney Joy Crawford, is taken into custody on Friday, Nov. 18 (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Jason Dewayne Crawford was sentenced Friday, March 10, 2023, to 99 years by Judge Martha Williams after he was convicted of first-degree murder in connection to the death of his wife, Tiffiney Joy Crawford in 2017.

The victim was shot twice in the head on the night of May 2, 2017. The defendant was indicted over a year later after the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation took over the case the day following the murder. 

Crawford was arrested on May 21, 2018 after being indicted over a year later by the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation. Following a five-year wait from the time of the crime to a jury verdict, many on social media and the public have been anticipating the trial and its end result.

The trial, which lasted just a week with four days of testimony and one day of deliberations, saw Crawford take the stand where he laughed several times. This was noted by the prosecutor at the time and he was even questioned on why the laughter.

The jury began deliberations at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 following closing arguments. At approximately 5:20 p.m. the jury requested access to the body cam video presented as evidence earlier in the week, a request granted by Judge Martha Williams. 

At 8:05 p.m. the jury returned with a guilty verdict. All members of the jury were individually polled to ensure they agreed with the verdict; each did.

Crawford was convicted of first-degree murder and given a sentence of 99 years. According to sources, Crawford’s legal team will appeal the case.

More information will be provided as it is made available.

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