CALL 205.538.3340

The Law Office of J.D. Lloyd Logo Because There’s Hope After the Trial


After The Trial Blog

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 October 6th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, October 06, 2017


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



- After making online threats not long after the Las Vegas shootings on Monday, a Bay Minette man is currently behind bars and awaiting a judicial hearing. According to the Bay Minette Police Department and Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, officers received numerous threats from the Facebook account of 23-year-old Joel Logan Gilliam. Gilliam referenced the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas and allegedly made several violent against the city of Bay Minette in his posts. After obtaining a warrant for terroristic threats (a Class C Felony), officers entered Gilliam's house and arrested the suspect. Gilliam was unarmed and later told police that the posts were simply a joke to provoke a reaction from the public. He is being held at the Baldwin County Sheriff's Correction Center without bond.

- Four teens between ages of 13 and 15 allegedly broke into Rudd Middle School earlier this week. While auditing the school bus cameras, the staff noticed that three of the buses had been started and driven around the lot by the four suspects on Monday night. The suspects were identified as being students at Rudd and Pinson Valley High School. The students allegedly also broke windows, discharged fire extinguishers and entered the building and stole tablets, mobile phones and a laptop. The stolen items were returned after the suspects' parents were contacted, but police have obtained juvenile petitions formally charging the teens with second-degree burglary, unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, first-degree theft of property, third-degree criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a vehicle.


- Close to a year later, a Jefferson County jury has indicted Savannah Lynn Hopkins, then 19, on attempted murder charges after she allegedly shot and wounded then-23-year-old bartender Zakk Earle at the Upside Plaza in October 2016. The incident occurred when Earle confronted Hopkins' boyfriend, Sebastian Godby, and told him Hopkins was not old enough to drink at the Plaza. Godby allegedly handed Hopkins a gun and jumped Earle. While the two were on the ground, Earle said he was holding down Godby and yelling for someone to call 911 when Hopkins shot Earle. The couple fled the scene and were later arrested by police after they crashed their vehicle and attempted a brief foot chase. Earle suffered damage to his liver and abdomen, but recovered. Hopkins was released on a $30,000 bond and Godby was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and drug possession with intent to distribute. Hopkins' recent indictment stated that the suspect "intended to commit the crime of murder by shooting Earle with a pistol" with a trial date yet to be set. 


If you or someone you know has been convicted of wrongful criminal charges, there is hope after the trial. Contact us today by clicking HERE.



Alabama Criminal Round-Up December 30th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, December 30, 2016

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



  • - An Orlando, FL couple involved in a multiple-state debit card skimming scan were apprehended by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office last Wednesday. Authorities had traced the device to a gas pump in Ozark, where five victims had their debit card information illegally obtained. So far, about 120 victims have been identified, with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office seizing $6,490 in cash, 39 stolen debit card numbers with PINs and 315 gift cards with an undetermined amount of personal information during the arrest of the two suspects.
  • - The peace of the Christmas weekend was disrupted last Friday night by multiple arrests in a Brookside drug bust. Five suspects (many with young children in two) were arrested and now face a multitude of charges such as chemical endangerment of a child, trafficking cocaine, trafficking heroin, conspiracy to commit controlled substance crimes, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of firearms.
  • - Two Huntsville men have been arrested in connection with an illegal drug deal that turned deadly at a Madison Sonic this past Monday. Authorities believe they had planned to rob the 18-year-old during the deal. The suspects now are being held in Limestone County Jail and will face the death penalty of life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder.


If you or someone you know has been convicted of wrongful criminal charges, there is hope after the trial. Contact us today by clicking HERE.


Recent Posts


unlawful manufacturing drug possession, robberies self defense pell city alabama stoves v state operation bullseye brendan dassey, steve avery, making a murderer, scotus, netflix blount county alabama clarence thomas executions drug seizure capital offenses legende v state hoax destructive devices embezzlement alabama criminal law roundup trussville alabama south carolina heritage christian university blountsville alabama Jefferson County Alabama abuse assault fairfield alabama, sheffield v state shoplifting state of arizona pinson alabama Easter dekalb county alabama fraud betton v state street racing ake v oklahoma death penalty, court of criminal appeals court of criminal appeal releases dora alabama eugene lee jones v state albertville alabama William Pryor Rule 32 bessemer alabama home repair fraud terell corey mcmullin avondale alabama foley alabama netflix illegal gambling heflin alabama breaking and entering rainbow city alabama cherokee county alabama pruitt v state Xavier Beasley mountain brook alabama christmas shooting talladega superspeedway midazolam eric sterling sarah koenig criminal mischief adnan syed, keith v state stanley brent chapman hall v florida asia mcclain lauderdale county alabama constitutional violations public assistance fraud drug trafficking, brookside alabama attempted murder scotus animal cruelty alabama felony assaults underage drinking battles v state Marengo County Alabama serial utah v strieff Tracie Todd homicide Justice Sotomayor hurst v florida birchfield v north dakota aiding and abetting alfonso morris moore v texas fraudulent checks gadsden alabama New York Times Malone v State Woods v State levins v state abduction shelby county morris alabama West Alabama pelham alabama mike gilotti mcwilliams v dunn capital punishment Samuel Alito domestic violence Etowah County Alabama, Walker County Alabama lethal injection morgan county alabama john earle redfearn IV v state illegal gun carry springville alabama florence alabama drug busts smith v state mobile alabama social media fort payne alabama fourth amendment campbell v state sixth amendment drug smuggling anniston alabama, maryland court of special appeals shooting death warrantless blood draws § 13A-3-23(d) immunity hearing eighth amendment, bomb threat SCOTUS, criminal justice st clair county alabama edwards v arizona lamar county mulga alabama hurst mandamus § 13A-3-23 homicide rate kenneth eugene billups kidnapping habeas corpus relief narcotics investigation constitutional law, tarrant alabama forced isolation beylund v north dakota criminal justice reform, oneonta alabama warrior alabama limestone county alabama boaz alabama Lucky D Arcade Joshua Reese operation crackdown hoover alabama greene county alabama burglary Mike Hubbard Fentanyl Glaze v State alabama law enforcement agency economic growth sexual assault endangerment of a child Alonzo Ephraim US Supreme Court Update kimberly alabama concealed carry huntsville alabama Ingmire v State identity theft judicial override montgomery alabama Hillary Clinton, Pleasant Grove Alabama debit card skimming scams brian fredick lucas birmingham alabama department of justice, Adamsville alabama apprendi v new jersey road rage drug crimes department of justice sentencing law and policy blog summaries Kareem Dacar Gaymon capital murder church robberies second amendment editorial baldwin county alabama christian guitierez Kay Ivey Benn v State aziz sayyed Gardendale Alabama parole Guy Terrell Junior OJ Simpson ex parte briseno gun control minor offenses utah supreme court Stephen Breyer jerry bohannon calhoun county alabama steve avery gun rights making a murderer npr Tommy Arthur debtor prison ring v arizona Thomas Hardiman strickland v washington Donald Trump, adger alabama brendan dassey benjamin todd acton theft of property murder car accident CCA update marion county arson madison alabama prostitution sting 2016 election, brady v maryland armed robbery texas Eutaw Alabama huntsville decatur alabama mount olive alabama death penalty implied consent baltimore city circuit court nicholas hawkins lethal injection drugs the mannequin challenge hanceville alabama fultondale alabama alabama supreme court cullman alabama towles v state moving violations eleventh circuit ruling negligent homicide Briarwood Presbyterian Church bernard v north dakota shooting bailey v us peyton pruitt ferguson missouri Wesley Adam Whitworth domestic abuse mccalla alabama drug activity OJ Simpson Made in America state of alabama dothan alabama theft banville v state abandonment Alabaster alabama Dylann Roof fake kidnapping, Neil Gorsuch crime of passion LWOP Shonda Walker, tuscaloosa alabama nathan woods russell calhoun 28 U.S.C. § 2254 Sardis Alabama court systems,



These recoveries and testimonials are not an indication of future results. Every case is different, and regardless of what friends, family, or other individuals may say about what a case is worth, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. The valuation of a case depends on the facts, the injuries, the jurisdiction, the venue, the witnesses, the parties, and the testimony, among  other factors. Furthermore, no representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Get Free Legal Advice  Contact us for a complimentary legal consultation

I am interested in scheduling a free legal consultation and receiving additional information.

Submitting Form...

The server encountered an error.

Thank you, your  entry has been  received.

© 2017 The Law Office of J.D. Lloyd, LLC. All Rights Reserved. |


As required by Rule 7.2(e), Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, no representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.