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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up September 28th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, September 28, 2018


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

 

 

- This past Tuesday in Leeds, Irondale police and the Jefferson County Coroner's office recovered what they believed to be the remains of 77-year-old Ching Kao and his wife, 76-year-old Siumei Kao, the missing owners of an Irondale motel. The man suspected of committing the capital murder, Steven Richard Mulkey, had been captured by police and had originally told detectives they could find the bodies in Virginia. Authorities followed his "tip" on Monday evening, but officers eventually made the real discovery the following day. The incident began Friday when officers were called to the Siesta Motel on Crestwood Boulevard to check on the couple after one of their daughters became worried when she had not been able to speak with them. Upon arriving at the motel, police noticed a missing safe, saw blood in the area and found security footage in which the couple had been beaten in the motel office. Mulkey, the couple's handyman and resident at the nearby USA Econo Lodge, was identified as a person of interest on Saturday night. Investigators recovered the Kao's vehicle at the Econo Lodge. Information provided by the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force led to the arrest of Mulkey at the Hometown Inn in Staunton, Virginia on Monday. He faces charges for capital murder of two or more victims in the state of Alabama with a no-bond order. He is awaiting extradition from Virginia.

 

- During a traffic stop on Interstate 65 in Saraland Tuesday, a police K-9 found 62 packages of cocaine and U.S. currency concealed inside a 2016 Ford Expedition driven by James Bernard Braddy of Opa-locka, Fla. Saraland police said Braddy had been stopped for a traffic violation. In total, the seized packages weighed about 130 pounds with an approximate street value of $4.1 million. Braddy faces charges of trafficking cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, and he is currently in Mobile County Jail.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up September 21st

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, September 21, 2018

 

 


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


 

- This past Tuesday morning, Homewood police pursued a suspect in his car across town in a chase that eventually led to a crash at a busy intersection and a woman being taken hostage at a local laundromat. Initially, a Homewood tried to pull over the suspect, who has yet to be identified, for having a switched tag, but started chasing him when the suspect refused to stop. The suspect then crashed into another motorist at the intersection of Green Springs Highway and Columbiana Road, fled the vehicle and ran to the Palisades shopping center nearby. Fortunately, the driver of the vehicle was not injured. After running into the Cleaners & Coin Laundry on Palisades Drive, the suspect grabbed one of the customers and tried to drag her into a back room. Police say he possibly thought there was a back entrance to the store. After the police surrounded him near the rear of the store, the suspect collapsed from his injuries, allegedly bleeding from the impact of the airbags in the crash. He was transported to UAB Hospital by Homewood medics called to the scene. According to Sgt. John Carr, the suspect had been driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen to Birmingham police last month. He now faces several charges including receiving stolen property and possible kidnapping.

 

 

- A woman was inside her Birmingham home this past Sunday morning when a large rock came crashing through her front window. After opening the front door, she saw her ex-boyfriend, 37-year-old Kevin Bernard Zeigler, sitting in his car in the road in front of the residence. He fired several shots and the car drove away. After deputies were dispatched to the victim's home, they learned of Zeigler's possible location at a nearby apartment. After opening the door and seeing the deputies, Zeigler retreated back inside, closed the door and jumped from the third floor of the apartment after deputies followed him. He was taken to Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges, and after he was formally charged Zeigler with second-degree domestic violence-stalking, he was released on a $25,000 bond.

 

 

 

- A second arrest has been in Mobile's "coldest case," in which three people were shot at point-blank range at a Chevron gas station in July. The suspect, 19-year-old Ghacquez Ludgood, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with conspiring the rob the station, though he is not accused of shooting the victims. The other suspect, 21-year-old Emanual Mcalpine, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of robbery.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up September 14th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, September 14, 2018

 


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

 

 

 

- The arrest of Mobile's most wanted suspect, 21-year-old Emanuel Devon Mcalpine, occurred this past Wednesday when a K-9 with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office found him inside a concealed compartment in a closet at 115 Bluebird Lane in Dixon Hills. During the late hours of July 31st, Mcalpine allegedly shoot three people during a robbery at a Chevron gas station, considered by Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste to be "one of the most cold crimes in this community in the last 5-10 years." The video from that night revealed the masked suspect entering the gas station and saying a few words to an older man sitting in a chair before shooting him near the head. Though Mcalpine received minor puncture wounds to his head and arms from the K9 during his capture, police stated that he cooperated with them. After being treated for his wounds, the suspect was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail and is charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree robbery.

 

- Birmingham police have charged 17-year-old Rodrick Hodges with capital murder in the slaying of 16-year-old William Edwards, the captain of the Woodlawn High School football team. Edwards was pronounced dead on the scene around midnight on September 1st with police stating the bullets came from outside the home. After greeting his mother, who had just gotten home from work, William went up to his room to play video games. Vatongula Edwards stated she thought she heard plastic breaking and then saw William run into the living room before collapsing onto the floor. A motive for the shooting has not been determined, though Vatongula Edwards said her son and the suspect did not know each other while Hodges said that he was paid to shoot William. Vatongula Edwards hopes that more of the parties involved will be punished. Hodges is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up September 7th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, September 07, 2018

 


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

 

 

 

- A 23-year-old man, Shaquille Tyus, has been charged in the Labor Day shooting of 21-year-old Taddavius Howard and his unnamed brother. Howard was allegedly shot in the head by Tyus near the Junebug Flea Market, airlifted to a Mobile hospital in critical condition and later died of his injuries on Wednesday. According to Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier, the victim's brother was shot at, but not injured. Tyus was originally charged with two counts of attempted murder, but Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said he will be charged with capital murder after the death of Howard. Tyus is in the Dallas County Jail with bond set at $2.5 million.

 

 

 

- This past Tuesday, the St. Clair Board of Education and the St. Clair County Clerk's Office received terrorists threats by email that implied an explosive device would cause damage at the St. Clair County Courthouses, along with Pell City and Ashville Schools. According to Assistant Sheriff Billy Murray of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office, the officers used "all available manpower and K9 units" to sweep and clear all of the locations named and threatened in the emails. A 37-year-old Springville man, Danny Ray Nichols, was identified as the suspect and arrested on two counts of making a terrorist threat. He is being held in the St. Clair County Jail without bond.

 

 

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