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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up January 4th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, January 04, 2019

 

 


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

 

 

- A 33-year-old man who allegedly shot multiple rounds from an AK-47 outside a Huntsville nightclub was recently released from Madison County Jail. According to a police report, the suspect, Samuel Demario Williams, had been at the 3208 nightclub this past Monday and had been sent away from the club after getting in an altercation with another patron. He then retrieved the weapon from a nearby vehicle and began firing as he walked back to the club. Police say a security guard shot Williams in the thigh, but no other injuries were reported. Rapper Boosie had been set to perform at the club and described the scene of patrons fleeing for safety as the "Wild Wild West" in a video posted to his Instagram feed. Williams has been charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and menacing, plus felony charges of shooting into an occupied vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

 

- Police are looking for two suspects who were allegedly wearing Scream masks when they shot a man in North Huntsville on Thursday morning. The 33-year-old man, who received gunshot injuries not considered life-threatening, said he did not know his attackers. According to the victim, the two gunmen walked up to him, shouted obscenities at him and then shot him before walking away. The masks are similar to the "Ghostface" disguise found in the 1996 film.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up December 24th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, December 24, 2018

 


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

 

 

- Sylacauga police recently arrested a 28-year-old North Carolina man, Donald Christopher Crawford, in an alleged connection with a fire that occurred at Knollwood Presbyterian Church last Tuesday. The fire happened in the basement at the same time that a group of parishioners were still in the building, but they were fortunately able to exit safely. Crawford was described by officers as a "transient" with a bond set at $25,000. He has been charged with first-degree arson.
 

 

- Last Wednesday, a grand jury issued two felony indictments against a a former Hale County city official for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from the municipal court system. The missing funds were discovered during a partial audit of the city that was requested by Moundville Police Chief Toby Banks in early March. On March 12th, police initially arrested former Moundville municipal court, 37-year-old Rhonda Jean Wilson, on charges of first-degree theft of property and using an official position for personal gain. The investigation determined that the final total taken between Feb. 14, 2012 through Feb. 14, 2018 was $135,449.

 

 

- Sheriff's deputies responded to a call last Wednesday that a pair of Mulga men in a black, four-door Ford Focus was allegedly taking mail from mailboxes in western Jefferson County. While searching for that black Ford, they found video surveillance of the vehicle stopping in the parking lot of a nearby business and picking up one of the suspects from a blue Ford pickup. The suspects later returned to the parking lot, where the authorities arrested 33-year-old Eric Chase Watson and 22-year-old Phillip Ryan Graham. Watson was identified as the driver of the blue pickup and had drug paraphernalia, an outstanding warrant and a revoked driver’s license.Graham was identified as the driver of the Focus, had drug paraphernalia and also had an outstanding warrant and a revoked driver’s license. Along with the drug paraphernalia, the authorities found mail from different mailboxes in the area, none of which belonged to the suspects. The two both were charged on drug paraphernalia possession and are expected to receive more charges as the investigation continues.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up December 14th

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


 

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

 

- Four Mobile postal workers face federal charges of stealing and embezzling packages with one of the workers facing distribution of marijuana and firearm offenses. That suspect, 33-year-old Unterria J. Rogers, was indicted last month in two cases for allegedly "conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute quantities of marijuana, distribution and possession with intent marijuana, use of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and embezzlement of packages from the U.S. mail entrusted to him for delivery." He had already had a previous marijuana trafficking charge from earlier this year that had been dismissed after the arresting agent failed to show up to court. The other three postal workers are 26-year-old Devin Donald, 25-year-old Shambria Hill and 26-year-old Sade Martin, who all face charges of "conspiring to embezzle packages from the U.S. mail entrusted to them for delivery and embezzlement of packages from the U.S. mail entrusted to them for delivery."

 

- Police are searching for two masked gunmen who invaded an Irondale home and tied up the homeowner with electrical cord. Police said that the two men kicked open the front door, entered the home and asked for a person by name. When they realized that person did not live there, they bound the 55-year-old male victim, stole a 32-inch television and $32 and then fled in a silver SUV. The victim freed himself 20 minutes later and called the police. He informed authorities that the suspects were wearing blue hoodies and masks and also described one of their weapons as a .38-caliber stainless steel handgun.
 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up December 7th

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

 


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


 

- A 60-year-old led police officers from two cities on a 15-mile chase throughout the city of Birmingham this past Tuesday, all the while waving a BB gun out of the window of his green Toyota pickup truck. The Tarrant police had been receiving reports of the suspect, Robert Reddick, driving on Highway 79 and pointing the gun at people. When a marked patrol tried to pull over Reddick, he refused and officers started pursuing him. The chase traveled along Interstate 59/20 to Interstate 65 with top speeds reaching around 60 mph and Reddick continuing to wave his gun out the window. Reddick eventually got off the interstate, stopped in his driveway off Center Point Parkway and got out of the car, gun still in hand. When the officers took him into custody, the gun was discovered to be a BB gun. Reddick was also suspected to have been intoxicated during the incident. He was taken to Tarrant City Jail to await formal charges.

 

 

- Former chief meteorologist for ABC 33/40, Mark Prater, is currently in the Jefferson County Jail on charges of second-degree domestic violence/stalking and a bail of $100,000. He was booked on Wednesday morning after Moody and Trussville police arrested him at his Moody home following the issuance of a warrant on December 4th. Tuesday also marked the day that a protection from abuse (PFA) request was filed against Prater by a woman who said Prater had threatened to take her daughter away multiple times during this past November and had made an appearance at her house, leaving a note on the door when she called the police. The morning of December 4th, Prater allegedly sent the woman 37 emails and called her 17 times. If convicted of second-degree domestic violence, Prater could serve a minimum of six months in jail or prison without probation, parole, good time credits, or any reduction in time for any second or subsequent conviction. A hearing regarding the PFA has been set for January.


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 30th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, November 30, 2018

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

 

 

- This past Thursday, Julia Hollis Meyers, a 53-year-old Pell City woman and former Hibbett Sports employee, received a 17-count indictment from a federal grand jury for wire fraud and bank fraud. Authorities stated that during her tenure as a senior lease administrator for Hibbett Sports, Meyers obtained checks for vendor lease payments from the company and deposited the checks into her personal bank account. She also allegedly directed ACH payments from Hibbett Sports to her account with the total amounting to over $200,000. If Meyers is convicted, she could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of wire fraud as well as a maximum penalty of 30 years and a $1 million fine for each count of bank fraud.


 

 

 

- Two men from Texas, German Eduardo Barahoma and Jaime Enrique Cortez, recently were granted bonds of $750,000 each after they had been accused of trafficking $2 million worth of meth through lower Alabama. Initially pulled over for a traffic violation, a drug dog picked up the scent of approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle. According to a Mobile County prosecutor, the two suspects held jobs in Texas and had no connection to Alabama. Barahoma and Cortez will be arraigned on December 4th.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 21st

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 


 

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

 

 

 

 

- A mother (57-year-old Vera James) and her daughter (36-year-old Victoria) face charges of distribution of a controlled substance and selling drugs near to a school. The alleged operation occurred in a home near Foley's The Magnolia School. Police arrested Vera James on Saturday with Victoria being taken into custody on Monday. They are both being held in the Baldwin County Jail with Vera on a $140,000 bond and Victoria on a $60,000 bond.

 

 

- A Spanish Fort woman was allegedly murdered on a Royal Princess cruise to Aruba last week. The ship had just left the Everglades when 52-year-old Almarosa Tenorio was allegedly pushed from the 16th floor and then hit a life raft. She had been seen struggling earlier in the evening with an unidentified man. Her husband, Leo, was taken in for questioning in Aruba, but is no longer a suspect. The victim's children appeared on Good Morning America recently and spoke about their mother's odd behavior before she left their home to go on the cruise. Investigators hope to find clues on the ship's CCTV as to what happened.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 9th, 2018

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, November 09, 2018


 

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

 

- This Halloween brought no treats for an Auburn teen who allegedly punched an 18-year-old male last Wednesday night/early Thursday morning. The suspect, 19-year-old John David Wood, was apparently wearing a costume when he punched the victim in the face as he was coming down West Magnolia Avenue. Auburn police responded around 4:30 a.m. According to police, the victim was treated for serious injuries. Wood was arrested, charged with second-degree assault and booked into the Lee County Jail on a $25,000 bond. 

 

 

- A convicted serial robber on the run has allegedly cut off his electronic monitoring device while on probation from federal prison and is now suspected of a bank holdup in Montgomery that occurred this past Wednesday as well as an October heist in Hoover. According to Montgomery police, 60-year-old Myron William Ernst (a South Carolina resident) walked into the Regions Bank on Atlanta Highway around 11 a.m. and presented a threatening note demanding money. He then fled on foot. Ernst was also identified as the suspect of a October 22nd holdup at the Regions Bank on Montgomery Highway. Like the Montgomery holdup, Ernst entered the branch around 11:18 a.m., presented the note to the teller (while implying he had a gun), took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot. Police issued a warrant for his arrest on October 23rd. Ernst had pled guilty in 2010 to heists in Charleston, Orange Park, Fla., Huntsville and Montgomery, Mobile and Panama City. He received a 11 year, five-month sentence, but was released at the end of this past August on a three-year probation. In addition to the probation, he was only allowed to leave his home between the hours of 4:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. to go to work. Police determined that he cut off his electronic device on September 26th after he was fired from Origin Point Brands on September 21st.


 

 

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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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