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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 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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