Ex-teacher gets life in prison

CANTON — A Madison County jury of nine women and three men sentenced Carla Hughes to prison for the rest of her life for killing a pregnant woman.

Jurors returned the life sentence without the possibility of parole on Wednesday for the 28-year-old former Jackson school teacher and mother of a 5-year-old son. The other option was the death penalty.

The same jury convicted Hughes Tuesday of two counts of capital murder in the Nov. 29, 2006, killing of Avis Banks and her unborn child.

Hughes was accused of shooting and stabbing to death Banks in what police said was a love triangle involving Banks’ fiance.

The Associated Press