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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.

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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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 27th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, August 27, 2018

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

 

- A pair of suspects are in the Shelby County Jail after joggers in Hoover chased down one of them attempting to break into a vehicle early last Tuesday morning. The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. One of the joggers was actually the victim of the robbery and told police he and his two friends were on an early-morning run when he saw the suspect, a white male, rummaging through the trunk of his car. Though the suspect attempted to flee, the three joggers quickly captured and detained. The three friends called police and held the man, 43-year-old Gregory Alan Trott, until officers arrived. The suspect's car was parked in front of the victim's house, and the police also arrested the passenger and second suspect, 27-year-old Brianna Martinae Ross. According to Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba, officers recovered the stolen property taken from the jogger's vehicle as well as property from other car break-ins in the metro area. Both suspects face charges of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle (though additional charges could be filed), and each one is being held on a bond of $5,000. Court records also revealed Trott already had a decade-long history of breaking into cars, including an arrest in Hueytown and Pleasant Grove earlier this year.

 

 

- During a traffic stop last Wednesday, Jefferson County sheriff's deputies found Hydrocodone, crack cocaine, a handgun and cash in the vehicle of 50-year-old Larry Lee Wilson and 55-year-old Dara Lynn Wilson. Narcotics investigators were called to the scene, the Wilsons were taken into custody and deputies obtained a search warrant for the suspects' home as the discovery at the traffic stop was "consistent with possible drug distribution." The deputies found a vehicle guarded by three pit bulls in the backyard of the house. Inside the vehicle was Oxycodone, cocaine, Ecstasy and marijuana. The two face charges of drug trafficking and possession with the intent to distribute and are being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $115,000 each.


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 17th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, August 17, 2018

 


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

 

 

 

- An Alabama woman who led cops on a high-speed chase through two states that ultimately ended with an officer losing a leg in Georgia now faces even more charges, according to authorities. Leigh Wooten allegedly stole an air compressor from a home in Fort Payne and led the officers on the chase, which continued as she ran over Major Tommy Bradford in Trenton, Georgia, as the officer was trying to lay spike strips in the road to stop Wooten's vehicle. The Times Free newspaper confirmed that Bradford, who works for the Dade County sheriff's office in Georgia, lost his leg. In addition to multiple charges in Georgia, Wooten faces a dozen more charges in Alabama including five counts of attempted assault of an officer, burglary, attempt to elude law enforcement, tampering with physical evidence, criminal littering, reckless endangerment and numerous traffic violations. The chase finally ended at the Dade County Courthouse square, and Wooten was taken into custody there.

 

 

- A customer at a Shelby County Raceway gas station on Highway 280 was shocked to allegedly discover a card skimmer on a credit card terminal. This past Wednesday, Johnny Chergotakos went into the station and swiped his card at the counter terminal. He noticed the terminal was "loose" and upon tugging at it, the face fell off, much to the shock of both Chergotakos and the store employees. The employees and Chergotakoas immediately called police to investigate the instance while Chergotakos got a hold placed on his card and encouraged the workers at his company, who also frequent the Raceway, to do the same. A similar incident occurred at Marathon gas station in Madison County last month and seems to be a common crime spreading across the country known as "bluesnarfing."

 

 


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