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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 17th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, November 17, 2017


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



- The 2017 Iron Bowl is eight days away, and some literal shots have already been shot over this well-documented rivalry between Auburn University and the University of Alabama. This past Monday, Mobile police responded to a call about a shooting at a local hotel. The unnamed victim - an Auburn fan - told authorities that 28-year-old Alabama fan, Rodney Alexander, pulled out a firearm when the victim said Auburn was better than Alabama. Police have charged Alexander with second-degree assault.

 - A few days earlier in Mobile, a camera at Greer's CashSaver grocery store captured a burglar in "ninja attire" making off with prescription drugs, Jack Daniel's whiskey, wine and cigarettes. The video shows him climbing down from the ceiling, jumping over a counter and scurrying through the store, eventually running out of the frame. He returns to the view of the camera a few minutes later and escapes through the ceiling. Mobile County Sheriff's Office authorities took the video to Facebook, adding the "Mission Impossible" theme song and remarking that "everyone knows a "true ninja" would not complete his entire ninja outfit with a blue beanie."

 - An Athens man is accused of impersonating a sheriff and stealing $9,000 from a 74-year-old, Limestone County resident. The suspect, 39-year-old Jerry DeWayne Long, called the victim and pretended to be Sheriff Mike Blakely and allegedly told the victim to deliver $220 in cash to a nearby residence (which turned out to be Long's house) and to leave the money in a grill. Long told the victim the money was needed for a drug sting and that they would receive the money back. With help from one of Long's associate, detectives found him at Athens Pharmacy preparing to purchase narcotics with the money. Authorities also discovered that Long had already fraudulently obtained $9,000 from the victim previously and had been using the funds to buy drugs. Long has been charged with financial exploitation of the elderly and impersonating an officer of the peace. He is in the Limestone County Jail on a $7,000 bond and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. 



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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 26th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, June 26, 2017


Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:



- Charges have been brought against a Vestavia Hills woman involved in a March 4th DUI crash resulting in critical injuries for a 24-year-old Hoover resident. The head-on collision occurred when Steven Edmondson was traveling northbound on US 31 in Homewood and subsequently struck by Karen Pridgen Stafford, who was driving on the wrong side of the road. Edmonson was rushed to emergency surgery at UAB, where doctors amputated a portion of his left leg. Both legs were also shattered from the femur down. After receiving test results back from Alabama Department of Forensics Sciences, Homewood police wrote an affidavit against Stafford that said she was "driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or a combination of both." Though she posted a $15,000 bond after being taken into custody this past Thursday, Stafford faces charges of first-degree assault and will make her first court appearance in July. 



- Earlier this month, Birmingham police and firefighters responded to an early morning call about a burning car in Ensley. After extinguishing the fire, authorities discovered a body in the trunk of the four-door sedan. Though initially unrecognizable, police recently identified the body (through dental records as well as contact from concerned family and friends) as local rapper, 32-year-old Paul Matthew "Bam Bam" Carter. No arrests have been announced. 


- On Friday, a Mobile District Court Judge denied bond for two out of four suspects connected to the June 22nd home invasion of a 62-year-old US Marine Corps veteran, who shot three of the suspects during the incident. Though 29-year-old Casey Ray Gann and 19-year-old Joseph Heathcock were hospitalized the night of the incident, they appeared in court the next day. The third apprehended suspect, 24-year-old Chasatie Dulabhan, is still hospitalized. The three suspects, as well as a possible fourth suspect, had allegedly robbed the veteran of his medication two weeks before the June 22nd incident and threatened to hurt him if reported the incident. The man then received an unidentified, threatening phone call the next week. After he reported the burglary and phone call to authorities, an investigation was launched. The suspects then returned with the veteran waiting to defend himself. Gann and Dulabhan were each charged with one count of first-degree robbery. Heathcock was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, discharging a gun into an occupied building and felony probation violation. 



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