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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 Al.com, "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 August 4th

J.D. Lloyd - Friday, August 04, 2017

 


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

 

 

- Early Wednesday morning, Jefferson County sheriff's deputies responded to a call about suspicious activity and possible meth use in Mulga. They found the suspect in a van outside an abandoned house. While searching the van, authorities discovered an active methamphetamine manufacturing process in a soda bottle that was warm to the touch. Investigators and HAZMAT personnel from the sheriff's office a Narcotics Unit safely disposed of the "cook" a few hours later. Police charged the suspect, 43-year-old Kenneth Carver, with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, illegal manufacture of a controlled substance, and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in Jefferson County Jail on a $121,000 bond. 

 

- An argument about who the "big dog" was in a Huntsville neighborhood led to an intense, two-day argument between two neighbors and the eventual chopping death of one of the men at the beginning of June. After entering the house to speak with 63-year-old Robert Bezotte about payment arrangements for $40 he owed, 56-year-old Randal Wayne Beard grabbed an ax and struck Bezotte multiple times, killing him with blunt force trauma. Beard's stepson and a friend alerted the police to the situation. The authorities found Bezotte dead in his bed. Beard had walked out of the house and sat in a chair on the carport when first responders arrived. Police then found Bezotte's prescription drugs in Beard's truck as well as a wallet with a large sum of cash. Prosecutors are trying to charge Beard with capital murder, alleging that Beard had robbed as well as killed Bezotte. Beard is being held in the Madison County Jail without bail as he awaits a possible hearing before a grand jury. 

 

- A national prostitution sting led Tuscaloosa police to arrest 33 men at the Best Western Hotel on East McFarland Boulevard on July 14th, July 15th, July 21st and July 22nd. Participating in the National Johns Suppression Initiative last month, undercover officers made advertisements on websites such as Backpage.com. With the help of Northport police, the investigation by Tuscaloosa authorities yielded 31 men who were charged with soliciting prostitution and two men who were charged with traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act. Four firearms were also seized during the four-day bust. 
 

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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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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up June 13th

J.D. Lloyd - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

 


 

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

 

 

- After a Hueytown man stole a struck in his hometown this past Wednesday, he escaped to Birmingham where he managed to hit several other cars after getting off the Arkedelphia Road exit, an incident which also claimed the life of 69-year-old Fred Cornelius Wilson II. The suspect, 24-year-old Cody Allen Abney, faces charges of first-degree theft of property from the Hueytown police and is also expected to face charges from Birmingham police. An Alabama Power employee was also hit by the suspect's truck while sitting in his work vehicle on Bessemer Road, but is expected to be OK after being taken to the hospital. Abney has faced prior conviction in 2015, pleading guilty to second-degree forgery and second-degree theft of property. 

 

 

- An Adger couple's home was recently invaded by their adopted son and two of his friends. The incident occurred in the early morning hours while the couple was asleep. The masked intruders forced their way through the back entrance of the home, forced the couple to the floor and stole guns, jewelry and prescription medicine. A purchase using one of the victim's credit cards at a Bessemer convenience store allowed police to obtain video surveillance of the suspects. The adopted son, 30-year-old Jamie Lee Meadows, enlisted the help of two friends, 28-year-old Roy Scott Jones and 30-year-old Jamie Christopher Cowherd, to help in the burglary. The stolen items have not been recovered. All three suspects face charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree theft of property with Jones and Cowherd also facing charges of second-degree assault. Meadows is in the Jefferson County Jail and Cowherd is in the Tuscaloosa Jail on unrelated charges, but will be transferred to Jefferson County upon release. Scott remains at large. 

 

 

- Three Huntsville men will be put on a trial for a murder that occurred over five years ago. If convicted of the murder charge for the fatal choking death of 36-year-old Marlo Patton, the three suspects (28-year-old Jamie Kelly, 26-year-old Savontae Shoulders and 30-year-old Robert Davis) could face up to life in prison. An original fourth suspect, Timothy Smith, has had the charges against him dismissed. According to testimony, "Patton, who was working as a confidential informant for the Madison-Morgan HIDTA drug task force, was killed when he went to a home on Sparkman Drive to buy drugs from Kelly." When Shoulders (who was also present in the house) heard Kelly arguing with Patton, Shoulders put Patton in a headlock after the victim allegedly punched him. According to Shoulders, Davis killed Patton and the trio (accompanied by Timothy Smith) dumped the body in Tennessee. However, since the victim was dead by the time Smith came along, Smith's charges were dropped. For his part, Shoulders is trying to claim self-defense in the trial. 

 

 

 

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Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up February 28th

J.D. Lloyd - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

 

 

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 November 28th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, November 28, 2016

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

 

Alabama Criminal Law Round-Up August 10th

J.D. Lloyd - Wednesday, August 10, 2016


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

 


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