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The After The Trial blog presents insights on ongoing and recent trials around the state of Alabama, including weekly criminal law round-ups.

Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 8th

J.D. Lloyd - Sunday, July 07, 2019


 

Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:


 
- A Cullman woman is currently being held without bond in the Cullman County Detention Center after police said she accidentally shot her husband while trying to shoot someone else. The injury was the result of a road rage episode that began 6:45 p.m. Saturday on Alabama 69 in Dodge City and ended at a home on County Road 160 in Bremen. While trying to shoot the other party, Erica Cole shot her husband and the bullet struck him in the head, though he is now in stable condition. Cole was arrested on charges of attempted murder, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

 

 

- A 48-year-old man named Shay Michael Thome was arrested by Huntsville police and charged with first-degree assault after allegedly biting off a woman’s finger during a fight. According to authorities, the victim may have been a friend of the suspect's wife. After the incident, other men at the scene "jumped on" Thome to subdue him. He was arrested and booked into the Madison County Jail around 3 a.m. Saturday. Court records revealed that Thome has been arrested twice for driving under the influence and once for carrying a pistol without a license.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 28th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, June 28, 2019


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

- Police in Gardendale recently filed more charges against a 65-year-old man who allegedly carried out two heists at Jefferson County banks. Authorities obtained and executed robbery warrants against Jackie Wayne Balentine for robberies at SouthPointe bank this past Monday and in 2016. Homewood police also announced a warrant against Balentine for a robbery at that city's Regions. With bonds totaling $600,000, the suspect faces a third-degree charge in the 2016 Gardendale robbery, and first-degree robbery in this week’s holdup. His white Chevrolet truck, seen at multiple robberies including a 2017 robbery in Tupelo, was discovered at his Florence residence on Thursday when police executed the warrant. Balentine was then taken into custody.

 

- Police have finally captured the owner of the infamous "attack squirrel" Thursday night in Limestone County. After a brief pursuit, Mickey Paulk is set to be booked into the Limestone County Jail on drug and gun charges. He is also being charged with attempting to elude, criminal mischief and felon in possession with a firearm stemming from his capture. Paulk has denied that he fed the squirrel meth. 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 21st

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, June 21, 2019


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

 

 

- An "attack squirrel" that was seized during a recent methamphetamine bust has become a viral internet sensation within the last week. Sheriff's deputies had discovered the animal in a cage while executing a search warrant at the home of an Athens drug suspect. The authorities arrested 37-year-old Ronnie Reynolds while seizing meth, drug paraphernalia and body armor. Reynolds was charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering in a drug house and was released from the Limestone County jail on $4,000 bail. The squirrel's alleged owner, 35-year-old Mickey Paulk, was not home at the time of the search and is wanted on warrants charging him with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a firearms possession charge. A tip had been given to authorities that Paulk fed the squirrel meth in order to make it more unhinged. The squirrel was released into the wild as police determined there was no way to safely test it for meth. The animal has since become the topic of memes, social media posts and news stories on Fox, CNN and more.

 

- A West Mobile couple has been arrested and charged with murder earlier this morning in connection with a burned body. The suspects, 37-year-old Amber Joleen Kuta and 35-year-old Timothy Montgomery Buford, were charged with the murder of 57-year-old Tracy Griffin after the victim's corpse was found on a burn pile in her own backyard. A family member had called the police and asked them to check the property after not hearing from Griffin for several days. According to Mobile Police Department, Kuta was allegedly engaged in a fight with Griffin that turned deadly. Though cause of death is unknown right now, Kuta allegedly called Buford to help her dispose of the body. Buford had also been charged in an unrelated domestic violence incident on Wednesday. The couple was booked in to the Mobile Metro Jail charged with murder and the abuse of a corpse.
 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 7th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, June 07, 2019

 


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:


- Police recently arrested a 19-year-old-year suspect a few days after she allegedly crashed her vehicle into a Waffle House in Arab. Somerville resident, Rebekah Paige Monk, has been charged with driving under the influence and being a minor in possession/consumption of alcohol, both misdemeanor charges. The crash occurred around 7:30 this past Saturday morning with the restaurant sustaining damage, though no injuries were reported. Authorities also found a bottle of vodka in the suspect's car. She turned herself in the following Thursday.

 

- Authorities recently announced the capture of the seventh suspect of eight involved in a deadly stabbing that happened during a burglary in north Alabama on May 6th. Federal officers arrested 19-year-old Kenneth Harvey in Florida. Harvey and the seven other suspects (Hunter Moore, Austin Holmes, Caeleb Kegley, Hunter DuBois, Larry Watts, Logan Cypret [the eighth suspect who is expected to turn himself in] and Lucas Kemp) went to a Madison home to rob its two occupants and allegedly killed 21-year-old Luke Pratt and shot another 26-year-old male. Planning allegedly occurred at a friend's apartment in Athens, and Moore is suspected to be the "mastermind" according to authorities. Each suspect faces charges ranging from burglary to felony murder to capital murder.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 31st, 2019

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, May 31, 2019


 

Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:


 

- Citizens and authorities were baffled recently when over $1 million in narcotics washed up on the shore over a two-day period in Orange Beach. Investigators say that the first day yielded 21 pounds marijuana and a kilo of cocaine while they discovered an additional 38 kilos of cocaine the following day. Officers believe the drugs came from a vessel because of the watertight packaging.

 

- Two male suspects who already state face charges in connection with alleged corruption at the Birmingham Water Works Board now have been federally indicted wire fraud charges for allegedly perpetrating a fake invoice scheme against the water works in which they acquired nearly $250,000. The two suspects are Jerry Jones, a former vice president of Birmingham engineering and consulting firm Arcadis, and Mount Vernon Mayor Terry L. Williams. According to authorities, created nine Global Systems International (Williams's company) invoices that falsely states that the company performed work at the Shades Mountain Filter Plant Project as an Arcadis subcontractor. The state charges the two suspect face are in relation to the allegation that the men offered bribes to then-Water Works Board Chairwoman Sherry Lewis in exchange for influencing board actions. While Lewis is still on the board, the charges got Jones fired from his position at Arcadis.
 
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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 24th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, May 24, 2019

 


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

 

 

- Three men, including one dubbed one of "Walker County's Most Wanted", were arrested in a recent raid carried out by the sheriff's office at the home of Bobby and Cheryl Tucker on Crest Avenue in Parrish. Authorities had executed a search at the residence once before. During the raid (which also included Parrish Police Department, the Jasper Police Department Narcotics Division, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit, and the Alabama Department of Corrections Prison K9 team), police arrested Robert Deangelo Tucker on charges of trafficking methamphetamine. Robert Tucker had evaded captured during the May 15 raid of the home, and had outstanding warrants for first-degree escape, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon, distribution of methamphetamines, distribution of marijuana, and distribution of Suboxone. The two others arrested included Bobby J. Tucker, 64, who was charged with hindering prosecution, possession of methamphetamine, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Andre Bernard Tucker, 28, who is charged with second-degree possession of marijuana.

 

- Authorities are currently investigating a 29-year-old Hoover woman who allegedly stole jewelry while pet sitting. Police responded to a call at a local residence from which several pieces of jewelry were taken, even though no burglary seemed to have taken place. The victim accused her pet sitter, Jordan Elizabeth Rodgers. Rodgers had sold jewelry matching the description of those pieces to a store in Birmingham. Once the victim identified the jewelry (worth over $12,000), police obtained warrants against Rodgers for two counts of first-degree receiving stolen property and one count of second-degree receiving stolen property. Rodgers turned herself in to the Jefferson County Jail this past Monday and was released after posting the $30,000 bond.


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 10th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, May 10, 2019

 


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office recently took an alleged "porch pirate" into custody earlier this week. A resident from a Morgan Road subdivision provided deputies with a video of a woman, later identified as 34-year-old Amanda Nicole Ramos, stealing a package from a Bessemer residence. After issuing a lookout bulletin for Ramos's arrest, deputies found her in possession of several items of stolen property as well as drugs, digital scales, drug paraphernalia and the drivers’ licenses of other victims. Saying that stealing made her "feel good", Ramos soon admitted to stealing packages off porches as well as selling drugs. Ramos faces charges of first-degree receiving stolen property, third-degree receiving stolen property, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, trafficking in stolen identities and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held in the Jefferson County jail on bonds totaling $46,000 and could face additional charges.

 

- A group of federal and state lawmen against a group of 29 people in north Alabama this past week. The suspects were charged with federal indictments ranging from possession of a pipe bomb to possession of machine guns and drug trafficking. The criminal activity involved areas such as the city of Huntsville as well as Madison, Morgan, Jackson and DeKalb counties. Combined, the seizure include more than 45 guns (including pistols and machine guns) and the suspects had more than 60 prior felony convictions and 358 prior arrests.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up April 29th, 2019

J.D. Lloyd - Sunday, April 28, 2019


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

 

- During a police chase in Marshall County recently, a 48-year-old Hazel Green man allegedly tried to eat a bag of meth he was carrying before being tased by officers. A deputy reportedly saw the suspect, Toney Ray Johnson, trying to start his motorcycle and approached him. However, as soon as the deputy started coming his way, Johnson hopped on his motorcycle and took off at a high speed. The deputy chased Johnson to Word Mountain Road where the alleged eating of the meth and subsequent stun gun tasing happened. Johnson has been charged with methamphetamine possession, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, attempting to elude and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Marshall County Jail with a bail set at $12,500.

 

 - On April 20th, Justin Wesley Leverett, a 37-year-old Mobile man, allegedly punched a man in the eye so hard that it came out of its socket. According to police, the victim said he was flagged down and asked to exit his vehicle by Leverett when he got punched. After turning himself in last Friday, Leverett was taken to Mobile County Jail and was charged with first-degree assault and three traffic-related offenses.
 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up April 15th, 2019

J.D. Lloyd - Sunday, April 14, 2019


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

 

- Media reports on Thursday afternoon stated that a Mobile man was shot when he tried to meet up with a woman he had recently started communicating with on Facebook. However, as he began speaking with the woman, another man tried to rob him at gunpoint. As the victim attempted to run away, he was shot. He was then taken to the hospital, but according to reports, he has no life threatening injuries.

 

- Early last week, four Jefferson County gambling facilities - Spin It & Win It in Graysville, Super Highway Bingo in Brighton, Southwind Bingo in Midfield and Fun N Games Arcade, also in Brighton - were raided by officials from the A.G.’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation agents with eighteen people being arrested (including the manager of each of the facilities). In addition to more than 1,100 electronic bingo machines and facility records, an unspecified amount of money (unconfirmed reports said $300,000) was also taken.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up April 5th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, April 05, 2019

 


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:

 

 

- St. Clair County Animal Control and the Pell City Police Department helped investigate, remove and transport 51 dogs found at the residence of Paulette Perry, a 54-year-old Pell City woman who was already in the Talladega County Jail for possession of drug paraphernalia. The police had been called to perform a welfare check on the home. In addition to the 39 dogs inside and 12 dogs outside the home, police also discovered four dead dogs in the freezer and another deceased dog on the floor. Perry has been was charged with felony cruelty to animals.

 

 

- Court records on Friday revealed that Jefferson County grand jury indicted 31-year-old Lee Anthony Woodruff on March 8th in the stabbing death of 34-year-old Roland Gilmore in North Birmingham this past December. Though authorities have not disclosed a motive, Woodruff allegedly fatally stabbed Gilmore with a screwdriver. Woodruff has been held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail since December 5th.


 

 


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