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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 27th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, July 27, 2018



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



- This past Sunday in Mobile, a boat carrying four people crashed into a concrete pylon supporting the I-10 Bayway. A woman's body, identified as 28-year-old Brittany Ann Lell, was recovered at the scene, while another passenger, 60-year-old Bobby Daryl Lambert, died while being transported to the hospital. A third passenger, Erica Lynn Arenal-Mullen of Dothan, was reported to be in critical condition. The driver of the boat, Mobile resident Steven Lee Angle, was charged with boating under the influence (his reported blood alcohol content was 0.15) and a misdemeanor count of operating a vessel without an emergency shutoff. Though he was released on Sunday, Angle faces two charges of manslaughter for recklessly causing the deaths of two others, plus a charge of first-degree assault with no bond currently set.



- A 38-year-old Bessemer man, Christopher Moton, is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a band set at over $2 million after authorities discovered a kilogram over heroin during a search of his home. According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, sheriff's narcotics investigators had been developing information a large amount of heroin was being held at a home in the 1800 block of 11th Street North in Bessemer. After surveying the house and seeing Moton drive away, they caught him at a traffic stop a short distance away. They discovered a handgun in Moton's possession during the stop, which he was prohibited from having because of a previous conviction. He was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail. After returning Moton's home, the investigators conducted a search and discovered the aforementioned kilogram of heroin and 224 grams of methamphetamine, all of which added up to a street value of $218,000. The charges against Moton include trafficking heroin, trafficking methamphetamine, certain person forbidden to possess a firearm, carrying a pistol without license, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.




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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 20th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, July 20, 2018


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



- Jefferson County sheriff's office deputies arrested and charged 27-year-old mother, Derick Irisha Brown, with three counts of kidnapping, second-degree assault, attempting to elude and four counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly kidnapping her three daughters at gunpoint after losing custody amid investigations of abuse. The deputies were called to the home of the children's guardian, a relative, early last Friday morning after receiving a call about the kidnapping. The relative told police that she was loading the children (5-year-old twins and a 2-year-old) into her car when Brown pulled up in a silver Buick SUV, pointed a handgun at her, took the children and fled the scene. According to the relative, the night before the kidnapping DHR had removed the children from the custody of their mother as part of a safety plan. After putting out a lookout bulletin, the police found Brown and her children at a Fairfield on Friday afternoon. Brown got in her SUV with the children and attempted to flee authorities, but she soon crashed into an innocent motorist and a sheriff's SUV. Fortunately, the children were rescued unharmed. Brown is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $209,000.


- A pair of Gadsden brothers face felony charges of first-degree arson after allegedly using a Molotov cocktail to torch a neighbor's home. Last Sunday night, police responded to a report of two men walking down the street, carrying a Molotov cocktail. They soon received a second call about the fire in the back of a house. After the Gadsden Fire Department found and extinguished the fire, the police's further investigation determined that the fire was a result of an on-going dispute between neighbors. Three days later, police took 42-year-old Melvin Floyd Leonard into custody, and is now being held in Etowah County Jail on a $100,000 bond.Gadsden police also confirmed that have obtained an arrest warrant for Melvin's 47-year-old brother, Jimmy Dewayne Leonard, who remains at large.



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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 12th

J.D. Lloyd - Thursday, July 12, 2018


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




- A judge recently granted a protection order for the wife and kids (ages 3 and 7) of Thomas Zebulun Lewter, a man accused of attempting to pull out a gun at a Limestone County church service this past Sunday. At O'Neal Church of Christ Lewter had been speaking from the pulpit about his pending divorce (filed by his wife less than a month earlier) when, according to the sheriff's office, he attempted to grab his handgun. Congregants tackled Lewter to the ground and a retired deputy who was at the service handcuffed Lewter until officers arrived. According to the protraction order that Lewter's wife filed on Monday, the suspect had blamed the divorce on and made threats towards her and her father. Limestone County Circuit Judge Robert Baker granted the order, ordering Mr. Lewter to surrender all firearms to the Limestone County Sheriff's Department. Lewter has been released from custody, but faces a felony charge of making a terrorist threat. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison.



- Three more teenage suspects have been jailed in the February shooting of 17-year-old Michael Lee at Birmingham's McAlpine Park. Tremon Demarco Flemming, Antonio Wydaron Wagner and Erion Markese Johnson, also 17, were arrested Tuesday on a manslaughter charge and were subsequently indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury. Another teen allegedly involved in the shooting, 18-year-old Faith Jakia Martin, was arrested Sunday and released Tuesday on a $2,500 bond. According to the indictment, the suspects killed the victim "by shooting him with a pistol "due to sudden heat of passion caused by provocation recognized by law and before a reasonable time for the passion to cool and for reason to reassert itself." If convicted, the suspects could be faced with a Class B felony and face anywhere from two to 20 years in prison.



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