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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 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 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 October 17th

J.D. Lloyd - Monday, October 17, 2016

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



  • - The employees and patrons of Upside Down Plaza in downtown Birmingham were thrown into an unexpected direction last Wednesday when an underage woman shot the bartender for refusing her service. The couple fled the scene and later crashed into a bridge near Sloss Furnace. They were arrested and taken into custody. The man shot underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
  • - An 18-year-old, North Alabama teen is currently facing charges of first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree arson; he could receive up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Allegedly, the suspect set fire to the house belonging to his neighbor as well as burning 95 bales of hale in two separate incidents. Limestone County Police have set bail at $7500.
  • - Cherokee County's warrant round-up on Tuesday yielded ten arrests with one suspect getting away during a vehicle and foot pursuit. Of those arrested, the charges included drug trafficking, rape, non-payment of child support and hindering prosecution.

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