Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- Police have charged a third suspect allegedly involved in a gang shootout that killed a Western Hills Mall manager on the afternoon of Thursday, February 15th. The victim, 59-year-old Anthony "Tony" Alberigi, was on the sidewalk outside the northern entrance holding papers and a drink when he was shot in what is believed to be a gang crossfire. At 2:30 p.m. one group of young men recognized another group of young men exiting the mall and began shooting at each other with Alberigi getting caught in the middle. The three suspects (24-year-old Ronald Dewayne Weaver, 20-year-old Rashaan Cepadio Brown and the recently charged 24-year-old Anthony Treshun Johnson) were part of the gang who were already outside. The gang fled when Alberigi was shot with two even running to a wooded area between I-59 and the Birmingham Southern campus, putting the school on lockdown. Those arrested all face capital murder charges and remain in the Jefferson County Jail without bond. Johnson was originally was booked on two counts of attempting to elude a police officer, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $4100, which subsequently changed this past Wednesday. Police said the investigation is ongoing, but no further arrests have been made.
- Madison County police investigated two separate incidents this past Wednesday involving a gun on campus and a school threat. Police first announced that they had received through text message information about a student who had allegedly made a threat against a city school; the suspect's name and information has not been released because of his age. In an unrelated incident, police investigated a gun found in a student's car at Madison County High School. A concerned parent had initially emailed the school system with the tip about the gun. According to the school, the school resource officer then brought the student for questioning where it was discovered that they had a .22 caliber rifle in the vehicle, but no threat was ever made. The student was then removed from campus while the sheriff's deputies continue to investigate whether charges will be filed.
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