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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