At 11.57pm, 29-year-old Anthony Ray Hinton clocked in for his night shift at Bruno's supermarket warehouse. He worked in the locked warehouse until 4am.
At 12.30am in another area of the city, the manager of Quincy's steak house, Sidney Smotherman, was driving home when he was bumped from the rear and forced at gunpoint to drive back to the restaurant, where he was shot in the head but not killed.
Later shown a selection of photographs of suspects, Smotherman identified Anthony Ray Hinton as the gunman who had shot him.
As it happened, there had been two murders of restaurant managers in Birmingham in similar circumstances in that same year.
A week later Hinton was mowing the lawn at home, where he lived with his beloved mother — both were keen churchgoers — when two policemen came to arrest him.