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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 December 15th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, December 15, 2017

 


 

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

 

 

- Decatur police seized an airplane and 38 pounds of marijuana when they arrested a 56-year-old California man at the Pryor Field Regional Airport last Friday, December 8th. Police had received a tip from federal authorities that the suspect, Yevgeny Faktorovich of Sausalito, California, would be landing his 1967 Beech Craft V35A around 3:45. The local officers came to inspect his pilot license and brought in a K-9 to detect any marijuana. Fakatorovich acted nervous when the officers started searching the plane and they eventually found a large garbage bag, suitcase, and a black plastic storage bin full of marijuana. Faktrovich was released Saturday, December 9th from the Limestone County Jail after posting $100,000 bail.

 

- A 21-year-old man was shot to death this past Sunday inside of an apartment of Valley Avenue in Birmingham. The victim, Terrell Thomas Guy Jr of Adamsville, had been a star basketball at Mountain Brook High School in 2015 where he scored the winning shot that sent the school to the 7A state championship that year. Authorities are trying to look at multiple variables and scenarios such as an argument that stemmed from a disagreement over a gambling debt or dice game. They are still looking for information or suspects connected with Guy's death. Guy's death marked Birmingham's 102nd homicide of 2017.
 
  -  A 29-year-old Athens woman was arrested for breaking and entering into two vehicles of employees in the parking lot of the Limestone County Jail. In the first vehicle, an officer was sitting in the driver's seat eating a biscuit when Natasha Dawn Mencia opened the door and got in the passenger seat. He asked her what she was doing and Mencia exited the vehicle. The officer followed Mencia to another employee's personal vehicle where she broke in and entered. However, she took no items from the vehicle and eventually asked the officer following her to take her to jail. Mencia is charged with breaking and entering a vehicle, a Class C felony that's punishable by up to 10 years in prison. She was released Saturday, December 9th on a $2,500 bail. 

 

 


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 6th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, November 06, 2017


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

 

 

- According to the Mobile County Sheriff's Office, three teens have been arrested after six Alma-Bryant High School students were hospitalized this past Thursday. After responding to calls from the school that some students were behaving strangely (mood swings that made the teens both "loopy and lethargic"), narcotics officers conducted field tests and discovered that several of the students had ingested gummy bears laced with methamphetamine. These students also registered increased heart rates of 130-160 beats per minute. The three unidentified juvenile suspects face charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and three other juveniles are being investigated in connection with the incident. The six hospitalized students are expected to make a full recovery. 

 

- Birmingham police are on the lookout for local woman Faith Jones who faces first-degree theft of property charges for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from a church daycare. In less than a year, Jones had deposited more than $21,000 of payments from the State of Alabama Childcare Resources meant for the daycare into her personal account. Because of the actions of Jones (who is the director of the daycare), the facility has been forced to close down. 

 

 

- A 41-year-old Birmingham man was identified on Thursday as the third Birmingham homicide victim in less than eight hours. The three victims (Jeffery Tubbs, 51-year-old Grady Isam Jenkins and 54-year-old Sylvester Poole) were all found dead of gunshot wounds. According to authorities, several of these shootings including Tubbs seem to have nebulous motives at the time, though Birmingham police are currently investigating each incident to determine clear motives.

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 26th

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

 


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

 

 

- Four teenagers held a mother of two at gunpoint while they stole videos games from her Hartselle home. The armed male suspect forced the mother to the ground and the other two suspects took the games as well as a gaming system. Snapping a picture of the getaway vehicle - which also was driven by a fourth suspect - and two of the suspects, she called authorities who conducted an unsuccessful search of the area. However, a few days later, the victim and her friend saw the vehicle in a trailer park. Police came and arrested the driver, 19-year-old Jared Austin Cooper, who is being held on a $30,000 bond. Police also arrested 16-year-old Lauren Casey Stafford and are on the lookout for 17-year-old Brandon Michael Price. Stafford and Price will be tried as adults, and all three suspects are charged with first-degree burglary. The fourth suspect is being charged as a juvenile. 

 

 

- An argument over cutting the grass and a property dispute led to the death of an Autauga County man on July 15th. Neighbors reported hearing a verbal altercation between 59-year-old John Brown and 73-year-old Joseph Huffman over Brown's mowing the lawn in a certain five-acre parcel of the 40-acre Pink Lilly Community. During the argument, Huffman fatally shot Brown once with a shotgun. Huffman is currently out on a $30,000 bond. 

 

- Coosa County sheriff's deputies and a group Alabama Law Enforcement Agency narcotics officers recently conducted a raid that led to the arrest of two men and the confiscation of more than $310,000 of marijuana. After showing the warrant to resident and convicted felon Randolph Pearce, police entered the home and soon discovered an elaborate hydroponic marijuana grow operation complete with grow lights, timers, irrigation, fertilization and more. There were about 30 plants in the property's outbuilding as well as another 32 in a plant-cloning apparatus. Pearce received charges of first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; he is at Coosa County Jail on a $30,000 bond. An accomplice, 46-year-old Anthony Wayne Grogan, attempted to flee the scene during the raid. A separate search of his residence turned up weapons and illegal drugs. Grogan was charged with possession of a controlled substance, certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of marijuana and first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance.
 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up July 10th

J.D. Lloyd - Tuesday, July 11, 2017


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

 

 

- Yesterday, U.S. Marshals and local police arrested a prime suspect in a Prattville triple murder. Authorities had been searching the last week for 35-year-old Marty Deaundre Morgan, one of four people in connection with the July 3rd shooting death of three men at the Hook-Up Barber and Style Shop. Another man was shot, but not killed at the barbershop. Morgan and a suspected 19-year-old accomplice, Keon Deshon Cain, are both charged with three counts of murder. Two other suspects, Thomas Lipson and Donnell Ruffin, face charges for aiding and abetting Morgan. The U.S. Marshal in Montgomery says they believe the motive was robbery. Cain was arrested last Wednesday and Lipson and Ruffin have also been taken into custody.

 

 

- Mobile police are searching for a 22-year-old male suspect who allegedly assaulted a male with a pair of steel-toed boots in a local neighborhood. The suspect, Austin Cooper, fled the scene on Wednesday, July 5th. 

 

 

- A Jefferson County grand jury recently indicted a female suspect who allegedly swung an 18-inch bayonet at a Mountain Brook police officer two years ago. On June 23rd, 2015, 49-year-old Vanessa Hirschowitz attacked an officer in her mother's home after police had found the mother wandering the streets and reported a domestic abuse situation. Hirschowitz appeared from underneath a blanket and swung the bayonet at an officer. The weapon missed his neck but cut his forearm. He later received stitches at the hospital. Hirschowitz was arrested on September 9th, 2015, and released on a $50,000 bond. 

 

 

- Police recently arrested a Shelby County man after he was spotted driving a stolen bulldozer through the Pelham Walmart parking lot. The John Deere vehicle was allegedly taken from Warrior Tractor & Equipment. The suspect, Brandon Keith Smith, eventually crashed the tractor into a Murphy gas station near the Walmart, where police arrested him. Smith had several other stolen goods in his possession; he is being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $75,000 bond for charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree theft of property, first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree burglary. 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up April 3rd

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, April 03, 2017

 


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

 

- A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a 46-year-old man on 10 felony counts after he "eluded lawmen for seven hours, carried out a home invasion and fired at officers three separate times before he was shot and wounded" in the summer of 2016 in Fultondale. Alvin Roy Jacobs has been convicted seven times prior for felonies and misdemeanors such as criminal trespassing, felony escape and second-degree assault. This time, he faces six counts of attempted murder, and one count each of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and drug possession.

 

- A popular Warrior Speed Mart has allegedly been a hotbed for drug trafficking. Authorities booked four people into the Jefferson County Jail after conducting simultaneous raids on the convenience store and the owner's home. The group faces a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges, including 28-year-old Khang Dang Nguyen who had a prior drug trafficking conviction in Tuscaloosa. This time around, he is also facing a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

 

 

- On March 10th, a Jefferson County grand jury returned indictments for five men accused of unrelated slayings in Jefferson County during 2016. The shootings occurred in Birmingham area locations such as Kimberly and Tarrant as well as the city of Birmingham. The suspects range in age from 41 to 19 with several of the men having prior convictions for murder or attempted murder.

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up November 1st

J.D. Lloyd - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

 

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

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up October 7th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, October 07, 2016

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 24th

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, August 24, 2016


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

 

 

 


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 3rd

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, August 03, 2016


 

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

 


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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up May 31st

J.D. Lloyd - Tuesday, May 31, 2016


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

 

 

 

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