Kentucky man sentenced to die in Horry County woman’s abduction, death loses federal appeal

A Kentucky man, who was sentenced to die for carjacking and kidnapping a Galivants Ferry woman in 2002, has lost his federal appeal that sought to overturn his convictions and death sentence.

Justices with the U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit issued their 66-page opinion Monday that Brandon Basham’s claims had no merit and a federal district court ruling denying his appeal was affirmed.

The 33-year-old appealed the June 2013 opinion that denied his claims of ineffective counsel, prosecutorial misconduct and that he was incompetent during his 2004 trial.

Basham was convicted of carjacking resulting in death and kidnapping resulting in the death of 44-year-old Alice Donovan, who was taken in November 2002 from the parking lot of Conway’s Wal-Mart.