Parole denied for Talley killer
by David Lazenby
Nov 09, 2011 | 3580 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair and family members of the late Donald Hoyt Talley Jr. on Tuesday successfully lobbied members of the The Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles to deny early release to Gary Kendall Pinyan, the man sentenced to life in prison for Talley's murder about 20 years ago.

Pinyan will not again be eligible for parole for five years.

"I opposed his release and urged the board to put it off for the maximum number of years," said Adair, who was the county's assistant district attorney who helped convict Pinyan's co-defendant, Angela Kaye Talley, the wife of Donald Hoyt Talley Jr. who was allegedly having an extramarital affair with Pinyan when the two conspired to kill her husband.

"They were trying to get his insurance money," Adair said.

Angela Kaye Talley was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Pinyan, who reportedly shot the Boldo man dead, entered a guilty plea as part of an agreement with Walker County authorities that had him testify against his co-conspirator.

Adair said Donald Talley was found dead inside his pickup truck located in a ditch off Bird Farm Road in Curry.

Because the truck was in reverse and the keys still in the ignition, authorities believe Donald Talley had pulled onto the road and quickly reversed his truck in an attempt to get away from his attacker.

Forensics reports showed Talley died after he was shot in the face on June 20, 1990.

Adair said among Donald Talley's survivors who opposed Pinyan's release was his mother, Doris Talley, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

"As the DA, I was proud to be down there on behalf of the Talley family," said Adair who in the past attended other parole hearings, including hearings where he opposed the release of his father's convicted murderer.

"It's a very difficult thing to go through -- to relive the case years later," Adair said. "This family has been very diligent about this. You can tell from the outpouring of his family what they thought of the victim in this case."