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Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Defeat of Perry County Woman’s Challenge of Conviction for Attempted Murder of State Trooper
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that acting Perry County Circuit Court Judge Robert Montgomery has denied Janice Green’s Rule 32 petition seeking further judicial review of her December 2014 conviction for the attempted murder of an Alabama State Trooper. Green, 51, of Marion, is also known as Janice Ford or Janice Billingsley. The Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence at trial that Green fired a high-powered, scoped bolt-action rifle at a m ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Coffee County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Malcom Hunter. Hunter, 31, of Enterprise, was convicted in Coffee County Circuit Court in May 2018 for the murder of Ayanna Nneka Smith. On January 21, 2017, Ayanna Smith disappeared from her home in Enterprise. She was last seen in the company of her boyfriend, Hunter. Witnesses heard a gunshot in the parking lot of the apartments, and Ayanna Smith ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Chambers County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the convictions of Kason Mathew King for first-degree murder, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree domestic violence and first-degree burglary. King, 33, of Lafayette, was convicted in Chambers County Circuit Court in May 2018 for the murder of Jarred Smith and for injuring Paige Adamson. The evidence at trial showed that on June 8, 2013, King punched Smith wh ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Barbour County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Willie James Dickerson. Dickerson, 48, of Barbour County, was convicted in Barbour County Circuit Court in March 2017 for the murder of Willie David Pugh. The evidence at trial showed that on or about January 14, 2012, Dickerson stabbed Pugh in the face and neck, causing his death. Pugh’s body was dumped in a wooded area off Sutton Dairy Road in th ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Mobile County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Frederick Matthews. Matthews, 32, of Mobile, was convicted in Mobile County Circuit Court in March 2018 for the murder of Ahmon Sims. The evidence at trial showed that on July 12, 2015, Sims and Matthews were arguing about a stereo that Matthews accused Sims of stealing. Matthews obtained a gun, Sims ran, and Matthews shot him multiple times as he w ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that his office has stopped a Huntsville real-estate-investment company from soliciting business through improper and misleading robocalls. This announcement comes as part of Operation Call It Quits, a federal-state coordinated effort to stop illegal robocalls through 87 separate enforcement actions in 17 states, including Alabama. On May 28, Attorney General Marshall’s Consumer Interest Division sent a notice of intent to file ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Praises U.S. Supreme Court Decision Declaring Cross on State Property Constitutional
(MONTGOMERY) —Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall praised a U.S. Supreme Court decision today upholding the constitutionality of a World War I memorial in the shape of a cross. On Wednesday, the high court voted 7-2 that a 40-foot cross erected in 1925 to honor fallen World War I soldiers from a Maryland community does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause. “I applaud the Supreme Court’s strong ruling in American Legion v. American Humanist Association that a ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces $2.3 Million in Debt Relief for Eligible Former ITT Students in Alabama from National Settlement with Loan Company
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that approximately 289 former Alabama students of ITT Technical Institute will receive $2.3 million in debt relief as part of a national multi-state settlement with the loan company Student CU Connect CUSO LLC, known as CUSO. The defunct for-profit college had schools in Madison, Bessemer and Mobile as well as those in other states. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 18, ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Praises U.S. Senate Confirmation of Corey Maze for Federal Court Judgeship, Northern District of Alabama
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall praised the confirmation of Corey Maze to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Maze, a former Solicitor General of the State of Alabama, was nominated for the federal judgeship by President Trump and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today. “Through its confirmation vote today, the U.S. Senate acknowledged what those of us in the Alabama Attorney General’s Office already know,” said Attorney ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Conviction and Life Sentence of Former State Trooper George Martin for 1995 Capital Murder of Wife in Mobile County
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Alabama state trooper George Martin was found guilty by a Mobile jury today of the 1995 capital murder of his wife, Hammoleketh Martin, in Mobile County, and sentenced to life without parole. “Today, a jury of his peers found George Martin guilty of taking the life of his wife by setting her on fire and leaving her to die in order to collect insurance money,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Mr. Martin, a former state tro ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Denial of Federal Government Motion to Dismiss Alabama’s Census Lawsuit
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall welcomed a federal district court ruling late Wednesday allowing the State of Alabama to proceed with its lawsuit against the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, and related officials. “I am grateful that the U.S. District Court has agreed with us and denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss our census lawsuit,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Alabama will continue to make its case that the Constitution and federal law requir ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Hails Alabama Senate Passage of Legislation to Reform State's Badly Broken Pardons and Paroles Board
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall hailed the passage of legislation today by the Alabama Senate to reform the badly broken Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. House Bill 380, sponsored by Representative Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 5. The legislation was carried in the upper house by Senator Cam Ward, R- Alabaster. The Alabama House of Representatives passed the bill on May 9, by a vote of 73 to 27. It now goes to the Governor for her signature. ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Execution of Death Row Inmate Christopher Lee Price
(MONTGOMERY) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement concerning the execution of death row inmate Christopher Lee Price on Thursday: “Tonight, the family of Pastor Bill Lynn, who was brutally murdered nearly 30 years ago, has finally seen Lynn’s killer face justice. Christopher Price was put to death at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, fighting until the very end to avoid facing the consequences of his heinous crime. “On December 22, 1991, Bill Lynn ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Settlement with Victims’ Families in Jimmy O’Neal Spencer Case
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the State of Alabama will pay the maximum damages that may be awarded under state law—$1 million*—to the families of Jimmy O’Neal Spencer’s three alleged murder victims. The families allege that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles wrongfully paroled and failed to supervise Spencer, resulting in the deaths of Marie Martin, Colton Lee and Martha Reliford. Attorney General Marshall recused himself and was not a part of the settl ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Murder Conviction in Madison County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Clarence Fearn. Fearn, 47, of Huntsville, was convicted in Madison County Circuit Court in January 2018 for the murder of his stepfather, George Woodward. The evidence at trial showed that on September 30, 2009, Fearn had a friend drive him to his stepfather’s house. Fearn got out of the car, and the friend drove around for a few minutes until he he ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Murder Conviction in Jefferson County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Demetrius Luther Wilbert. Wilbert, 40, of Birmingham, was convicted in Jefferson County Circuit Court in July 2018 for the murder of Nichole Wallace, his ex-wife. The evidence at trial showed that on or about October 10, 2016, Wilbert violently beat, stabbed, and strangled Wallace to death, put her body in the back seat of her car, and burned the ca ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Murder Convictions in Two Mobile County Cases
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld convictions for capital murder and felony murder in two separate Mobile shootings. The Court upheld the capital murder conviction of Carltas Tez McCann. In another, unrelated case, the Court upheld the felony murder conviction of Jamarcus Marquis Mahone. McCann, 22, of Mobile, was convicted in March 2018 for the capital murder of Andrew Herlong. The evidence at trial showed t ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Execution of Death Row Inmate Michael Brandon Samra
(MONTGOMERY) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement tonight following the execution of death row inmate Michael Brandon Samra at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. “On March 23, 1997, Michael Samra and his friend Mark Duke coldly executed their plan to murder Duke’s father, Randy Duke, along with his father’s girlfriend, Dedra Hunt, and her six- and seven- year-old daughters, Chelisa and Chelsea. One cannot possibly imagine a more terri ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Orange Beach Elementary with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Orange Beach Elementary School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 1. The school previously received this honor for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and now for 2018. Schools were selected as winners for 2018 from each of the eight state school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of t ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Indictment of Former Washington County Revenue Commissioner and Treasurer of Public Park and Recreation Board on 26 Felony Charges
(MONTGOMERY) —Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest of Laura Lee (Lewis) Taylor, a former Washington County revenue commissioner and former treasurer of the Public Park and Recreation Board of Washington County. Taylor, 68, of Washington County, is charged with 26 felonies, including first-degree theft of property, identity theft, second-degree criminal possession of forged instruments, and attempt to evade or defeat tax. Taylor turned herself into the Washington County Sher ... Read Full Release
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