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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 August 25th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, August 25, 2017

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



- Two Birmingham teens have recently been charged with capital murder for the June 30th shooting death of a 20-year-old Birmingham father. The death occurred when the two teens (who began the night by stealing a credit card from one of the suspect's grandmother to buy an iPhone) opened fire on several cars including victim Antonio Brooks and crashed into a Birmingham police car, seriously injuring the two officers inside. One of the teens even live-streamed the crash on Facebook. Police eventually caught the suspects, identified as 17-year-old Demarcus Daniels and 16-year-old X'Zavier McWillie, and charged them with attempted murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. The capital murder warrants and charges later came after a ballistics test. Both suspects are now being held with no bond and are awaiting court hearings in November. 


- Papers filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama have accused Arab Electric Cooperative employee John "Jack" Willis of embezzling more than $2.9 million from his employer, who placed him on unpaid leave as of March 6th. According to, "federal prosecutors are seeking a forfeiture of Willis' property for the amount of the alleged embezzlement." He was recently arraigned for the embezzlement charge at a federal courthouse in Huntsville.


- An intoxicated Limestone County man attempted to shoot his mom's boyfriend because he "was walking around the house not wearing pants," according to authorities. Police jailed 32-year-old Christopher Draper on charges of felony second-degree domestic violence and misdemeanor reckless endangerment, When Draper approached the boyfriend, his mother got in front of him, aimed the shotgun at the ceiling and let it discharge. Draper has had several incidents with the boyfriend. His bail has not been set, and he will face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 19th

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, July 19, 2017


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



- A trio of suspects (including one teenager) have been arrested and charged for the murder of a Tuscaloosa County mother. The cause of death for Jennifer Nevin and any possible motives have not been released by authorities. Her family spoke to authorities and press about the victim's previous mental illness and substance abuse problems. Her body was discovered on a dirt road by a gas worker this past Monday. All three suspects are undergoing the booking process at the Tuscaloosa County jail. 


- A Huntsville college student, who has been under investigation since January for making alleged statements involving ISIS, will soon have his case presented to a grand jury for consideration of an indictment. The suspect, Aziz Sayyed, is charged with "obtaining bomb making materials to set off an explosion at a Madison County police or military building." His June 15th arrest at a downtown traffic stop came after police investigated his apartment that day and seized the materials needed to make a TATP (triacetone triperoxide) bomb, the same explosives used at the Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester. A few months before his arrest, Sayyed's friends had reported that Sayyed had shown them an ISIS flag and had them view videos of ISIS attacks. At Sayyed's preliminary hearing, Huntsville police investigator Brandon Snipes testified that Sayyed did not plan on conducting a suicide bombing; instead he wanted to live and carry out additional attacks for which ISIS would claim credit.


- A Farmers Insurance agency manager in Mobile recently received charges of first-degree theft by deception after Mobile Police Department arrested him at his office this past Tuesday. The police said that 35-year-old Thomas Burns had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from an unidentified local business in Mobile. Burns has been the manager of the Farmers Insurance agency for five years. 

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