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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up October 26th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, October 26, 2018


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

 

- A 14-year-old teenage male from Alabaster has been charged with capital murder in the Sunday shooting death at a Hoover apartment complex. During a drug transaction, the suspect allegedly shot 23-year-old Darryl Lavon Seay around 4 p.m. at the Park at Hoover. Seay had been released from prison several months ago. Hoover Fire and Rescue took Seay to UAB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:20 p.m. The suspect was apprehended Tuesday and is awaiting transfer to Jefferson County Family Court. Police have not released the suspect's name because of his age.

 

- Two suspects have now been apprehended and charged in a triple shooting that left a Mobile city worker dead and two others injured this past Saturday afternoon. The first arrest was made Monday night when police charged 23-year-old Patrick Johnson with capital murder, and then on Wednesday night, officers arrested and charged 18-year-old Myles Caples with two counts of attempted murder and one county of first-degree burglary. According to police, the shooting occurred in the driveway of the mother of the victim, Justin Mooney. Mooney had worked in special operations for the City of Mobile for over a decade. Two other men were shot, but only endured treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

 


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up October 16th

J.D. Lloyd - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

 


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

 

 

- This morning, authorities announced the arrest of of Michael William Vice, 28, and Courtney Danielle Vice, 26, an Etowah County couple who are allegedly connected to a fire that damaged more than twelve storage units at a Hokes Bluff facility last Thursday afternoon. Along with witness testimony, a video showed the husband and wife at the buildings right before the fire began. Further information from investigators revealed that the couple's storage unit at the facility had been advertised as being up for auction. Officers booked the Vices into the Etowah County Detention Center, and they were later released on $4,500. The couple faces one count of third-degree burglary, a felony, and one count each of third-degree and fourth-degree burglary, both misdemeanors.
 

- Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Cliff LaBarge reported that a southwest Birmingham man sought on a capital murder warrant was captured early Monday in Arkansas. On October 2nd, 48-year-old Lee McCullough allegedly got into an altercation with 44-year-old victim, Jerry Kennedy, at Westside Tire Center. During the altercation, McCullough allegedly fired into Kennedy's moving vehicle, which constituted a capital murder charge when Kennedy died later after being rushed to UAB Hospital. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force discovered that McCullough had fled to Gould, AR after the incident and then requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals East Arkansas Task Force in Little Rock to help with the arrest. McCullough is in the Dumas City Jail pending extradition to Alabama.

 

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Making A Murderer, Season Two Premieres October 19th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, October 05, 2018

A few weeks ago, the popular streaming service Netflix announced the second season of its critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning original documentary series Making a Murderer.
 
Producers, writers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who spent an estimated decade gathering information on the 2007 conviction of Steven Avery and his 16-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey in the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach for the first season, will reportedly provide "an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, exploring the emotional toll the process takes on all involved." Part of the season will allow the viewers to meet Avery's postconviction lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, as she uncovers new evidence about Halbach as well as the reasoning behind the jury's conviction. As the first season revealed, Avery received a life sentence with no possibility of parole.

 

The other side of the docuseries will shed light on the journey of Dassey's postconviction lawyers, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin (Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth), as they try to pursue appeals on the behalf of the now 28-year-old. As we saw in June, these efforts for appeals led the lawyers and Dassey to interactions with the Eastern District of Wisconsin and multiple panels of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit before SCOTUS denied to review and hear Dassey's appeal this past June. Dassey's taped confession with police while he was an unaccompanied minor, his low IQ, his apparent confusion regarding the consequences of his confession and his lawyers' efforts to get the confession thrown out all represented crucial elements of the documentary's original season. Though Avery's sentence does not have the possibility of parole, Dassey could be released in 2048.
 
The new ten-episode season will premiere on Friday, October 19th (Brendan Dassey's 29th birthday), though Netflix has yet to whether they will make all episodes instantly available or if the episodes will be released one at a time.


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