Gov. Ivey, DA Slatton announce $6.3M grant for victims assistance


Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Friday, Dec. 7, the awarding of a $6.3 million state grant that will allow Alabama district attorneys to hire 88 Certified Victim Service Officers to assist victims of crime…

Lawyer: Franklin used surplus jail-food money to pay legal fees


Some money originally earmarked for feeding Morgan County jail inmates has gone to pay lawyers for Sheriff Ana Franklin, one of her attorneys said. The legal expenses may be part of at least…

Prosecutor sues Alabama sheriff who loaned jail food money to car lot

AL.COM  •   DECEMBER 21, 2018

Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson is suing Sheriff Ana Franklin over her use of the local jail food funds. Anderson’s lawsuit seeks to prevent the outgoing sheriff from…

$6.3 million grant funds help guide victims through court trials


Victims in the Fifth Judicial Circuit now have help to understand the process of bringing their case to trial thanks to a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs…

Grant money to help victims navigate AL court system

WSFA 12  •   DECEMBER 10, 2018

Navigating the criminal justice system is not an easy task, especially for a crime victim. But, a grant will give all 42 of Alabama’s judicial circuit courts money for certified victim service officers, who…

Ivey awards $6.3 million grant to the Office of Prosecution Services to help crime victims


Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday the award of a $6.3 million grant to support crime victims as they navigate the criminal justice system. The grant was awarded to the…

DA’s Office hires victim services coordinator with grant from governor’s office


The Lee County District Attorney’s Office announced the hire of a victim services coordinator Friday that is funded by a grant from the governor’s office. Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday…

Ivey: New victim services funding for Cullman, state


Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced the awarding Friday of $6.3 million in grant funding for district attorney’s offices in Cullman and throughout the state, opening the way for a batch…

Confessed killer of 90 people could face justice in Alabama

AL.COM  •   DECEMBER 5, 2018

In the summer of 1984, along a rural south Mobile County road, the partially clothed body of a woman was discovered face down in a ditch. Investigators believe she had probably been there for a little more than four days, covered by underbrush…

AG’s office says Cannabidiol still illegal in clarification notice

WSFA 12  •   NOVEMBER 29, 2018

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – The Alabama Attorney General’s office issued a public notice with guidance on the legality of cannabidiol (CBD) in Alabama. The report released Nov. 20 said CBD products is still not legal to sell in Alabama.

Ivey, Marshall say parole plan doesn’t go far enough


Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall on Thursday all but rejected a corrective plan given to them by the Board of Pardons and Paroles…

DA talks about the moments before he was injured in ambush

WTOK  •   NOVEMBER 29, 2018

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (WTOK) – 17th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Greg Griggers says he made eye contact with former state trooper Steve Smith, Jr., seconds before he opened fire.

Serial rapist in landmark AL DNA conviction case denied parole

WSFA 12  •   NOVEMBER 27, 2018

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – A Montgomery serial rapist convicted in the late 1980s has been denied parole. Timothy Yelder, 54, is serving four life sentences for the rapes of four women in east Montgomery in 1988.

Former Sumter County sheriff pleads guilty to corruption, drug charges

AL.COM  •   NOVEMBER 27, 2018

Former Sumter County Sheriff Tyrone Clark has pleaded guilty to more than a half dozen charges that led to his removal from office two years ago. Clark, who was taken out of office in 2016 for corruption and willful neglect of duty…

Final suspect in Montgomery Taco Bell murder found guilty, sentenced

WSFA 12  •   NOVEMBER 20, 2018

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – The final suspect charged in connection with the 2014 robbery and brutal murder of a Montgomery Taco Bell manager pleaded guilty and will spend the rest of his life in prison, according to court documents.

Greg Griggers makes public appearance following shooting


One day after a gunman’s failed attempt to take his life during a midday ambush, District Attorney Greg Griggers made a public appearance at the Marengo County Courthouse. Griggers, 52, was hospitalized Thursday…

Former district attorney and judge Jimmy Fry dies at 68


The Alabama District Attorneys Association announced Tuesday that former District Attorney Jimmy Fry, who also served on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and was the former executive director of Legal Services Alabama, died Monday night following heart surgery. He was 68.

Limestone County mom sentenced to 40 years for scalding kids in bathtub

WAFF 48   •   NOVEMBER 13, 2018

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – A Limestone County mother has learned her fate in prison after admitting that she placed both of her small children in a scalding bath as a form of punishment. A sentencing hearing for Amanda Reyer, 25, lasted all day Tuesday in the Limestone County Courthouse.

Lee County District Attorney’s Office Funds & Places Four Drug Take-Back Kiosks in Local Pharmacies

WLTZ   •   NOVEMBER 13, 2018

The Lee County District Attorney’s office has funded and placed drug take-back kiosk’s in four different pharmacies in the area.

Self-made district attorney E. Paul Jones dies


By all accounts, E. Paul Jones lived life to its fullest but also served others along the way. The retired Fifth Judicial Circuit District Attorney passed away Sunday night after a battle with cancer. Colleagues and friends remember Jones…

Longtime district attorney Chris McCool becomes judge, swears in his successor, Andy Hamlin


The longtime district attorney for three West Alabama counties has handed over the reins to his successor. Chris McCool prosecuted thousands of cases while serving as District Attorney…

Madison County prosecutor recognized for work on terrorism case

AL.COM   •   NOVEMBER 8, 2018

One of Madison County’s top prosecutors has received national recognition for his work on the case of Aziz Sayyed, a college student who pleaded guilty in a terrorism investigation.

Steve Marshall wins full term as Alabama attorney general

AL.COM   •   NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Alabama voters gave appointed Attorney General Steve Marshall a full term of his own Tuesday in what was shaping up as a decisive victory Tuesday night.

Danny Carr wins Jefferson County District Attorney race

AL.COM   •   NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Democrat Danny Carr is the new Jefferson County District Attorney, a position he held in 2017. As of 11 p.m., more than 97 percent of votes had been counted and Carr was winning…

Centre honors Jackson at homecoming


Centre College recognized four graduates for their accomplishments and contributions on Oct. 27 as distinguished alumni with one being Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jaskson. This was part of the 2018 Homecoming campus festivities.

Push to solve several cold cases in Brighton area

CBS 42   •   OCTOBER 18, 2018

BRIGHTON, Ala (WIAT) – The Bessemer Cutoff of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office is working with Brighton Police to solve several cold cases in the area. District Attorney Lynneice Washington says the old leadership at Brighton PD…

Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles cancelled parole hearings

AL.COM   •   OCTOBER 17, 2018

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles cancelled parole hearings for the rest of this week after Gov. Kay Ivey placed a moratorium on early paroles.

Revival of violent crime reduction program is working, Alabama U.S. Attorneys say


Alabama prosecutors and law enforcement leaders on Friday lauded a reinvigorated Department of Justice program they say is reducing violent crime in Montgomery and the state.

Initiative over violent crime, gangs, illegal guns still underway in AL

WSFA 12 NEWS   •   OCTOBER 5, 2018

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – A decades-old federal crime program called “Project Safe Neighborhood,” or PSN, was revived by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2017.

Montgomery County DA says parole board releasing violent offenders at ‘alarming rate’

AL.COM   •   OCTOBER 4, 2018

Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey has asked Gov. Kay Ivey to investigate recent actions of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles…

Anderson elected president of Alabama District Attorney Association


After being elected president of the Alabama District Attorney Association (ADAA), District Attorney Tom Anderson said he will work on behalf of crime victims while seeking fairness and justice through the Alabama court system.

Local, State and Federal Agencies Work Together to Get Guns Off the Streets in Dallas County


The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) formed a successful partnership with the Selma Police Department and the Gulf Coast Region to reduce gun violence.

Helping Families Initiative Impacting Cullman Families, Students, Schools

CULLMAN TODAY  •   JULY 28, 2018

An office was created in Cullman County in September of 2017 after the need to address dangerous student behavior, school attendance and the use of interventions came into play.

Five things you need to know about Chris McCool


The primary elections are over, but some highly sought spots still remain open due to the primary races resulting in runoffs. One of those races is for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2. With that in mind, here are the five things you need to know…

Connolly named DA of Year

TIMES DAILY   •   JUNE 29, 2018

FLORENCE — As the Alabama District Attorney’s Association’s summer conference was winding down last week, Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly wasn’t thinking about the awards that were being handed out. So when his name was called as the recipient of the District Attorney of the Year award…

Dozens arrested as law enforcement cracks down on west Jefferson County gun, drug crimes

AL.COM   •   JUNE 25, 2018

More than two dozen people were taken into custody on federal or state charges following a roundup targeting violent criminals in the western part of the county. On Wednesday, June 20, teams of lawmen fanned out across the Bessemer Cutoff…

Tour teaches Army cadets about civil rights history


Fourth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Michael Jackson recently hosted a group of touring cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as part of the academy’s Civil Rights Staff Ride. Meeting in the Dallas County Courthouse in Selma, Jackson spoke to the students about some of the high-profile cases he has handled.

Lee County district attorney tackling student drug impairment

WTVM   •   JUNE 11, 2018

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) –  Startling statistics are calling for educators and school resource officers to become more educated on drug abuse. In East Alabama, authorities say they are working to help students who might be caught in a dangerous lifestyle…

When Duty Calls: In the air, on the border and in the courtroom


When in April President Donald Trump declared, “We’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” until the wall is complete, St. Clair County Assistant District Attorney Lyle Harmon answered the President’s call and is currently over a thousand miles away from home, patrolling the border between the United States and Mexico.

State Rep. Dexter Grimsley recognized by Alabama’s District Attorneys Association

DOTHAN EAGLE   •   MAY 31, 2018

State Representative Dexter Grimsley was recognized Thursday for his outstanding dedication and support to the Alabama prosecutors. Henry and Houston County officials and representatives with the District Attorney’s Office gathered at the Houston County Courthouse to support Grimsley as he received the Alabama District Attorney’s Association Rusty Hook Award.

DA: CBD oil illegal, merchants can expect raids


District Attorney Walt Merrell on Monday put those who sell or use CBD oil on notice: Sooner or later, raids will come. CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol oil, is a derivative of the marijuana plant. The district attorney said he began looking into the legality of CBD and the implications for merchants who sell it…

D.A. Lynneice Washington talks about National Crime Victim’s Rights Week events in Bessemer

CBS 42   •   APRIL 11, 2018

(WIAT) – This week is National Crime Victim’s Rights Week. There are events scheduled here in central Alabama this week to remember victims of violent crimes. District Attorney Lynneice Washington joined us on the CBS 42 Morning News…

AL district attorneys face extreme pressure from lack of funding

WSFA 12 NEWS   •   FEBRUARY 28, 2018

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – Barry Matson, Executive Director of the Alabama District Attorneys Association, District attorneys offices across Alabama have been struggling to maintain a substantial level of funding for almost a decade, according to Barry Matson…

Civil forfeitures bill concerns law enforcement officials


Local district attorneys and law enforcement officers are joining with others throughout the state to voice their concerns over a proposal that would change civil forfeitures in the state. Senate Bill 213, which was introduced by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, in late January, would change the process known as civil asset forfeiture.

Don’t gut civil asset forfeiture

AL.COM   •   FEBRUARY 12, 2018

The Alabama Legislature is considering legislation that would change the way civil asset forfeitures are handled in Alabama. While well-meaning, some of the proposed changes would essentially gut what is an effective crime-fighting tool…

Federal, state prosecutors join forces to keep dangerous criminals behind bars longer

AL.COM   •   JANUARY 19, 2018

Federal and state prosecutors are joining forces in an initiative aimed at cracking down on violent convicts and making sure they spend more time behind bars.

New bill aims to keep fentanyl off Alabama streets

WSFA 12   •   JANUARY 3, 2018

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – A bill aimed at introducing a drug trafficking penalty for fentanyl will once again have a chance for passage in Alabama’s legislature. It’s a bill similar to previous legislation, aimed at increasing penalties…

Montgomery deputies now equipped with life-saving naloxone kits

WSFA 12  •   DECEMBER 6, 2017

MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) – Opioids are now the leading cause of death for people 50-years-old and younger, and the lethal effects are also posing a deadly threat to law enforcement.

District Attorney’s Office announces law enforcement’s implementation of new opioid reversal drug


On Tuesday, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes announced the implementation of Naloxone, a new weapon in the arsenal of the war on drugs.

Some Alabama First Responders to Get Opioid Overdose Drug


Alabama is ranked as prescribing the most number of pain pills in 2015. Lynn Harris, a licensed counselor with the Chemical Dependence Recovery Program through Lighthouse Counseling Center discusses how to bring the numbers down.

Donation equips AL officers with life-saving doses of opioid antidote

WSFA 12  •   SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – It’s the key life-saving agent in the fight against opioid overdoses. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can reverse the deadly effects of an overdose. Many first responders in Alabama aren’t equipped with naloxone due to the high prices.

Alabama ABC Board approves increase in liquor markup

AL.COM  •   JUNE 14, 2017

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board today approved an increase of 5 percentage points in the markup on liquor, a move that will add about a dollar to the price of a $30 bottle. The three-member board approved the increase on a voice vote with no dissent…

St. Clair victims service officer Carrie Leland earns national accreditation

ST. CLAIR TIMES  •   MARCH 30, 2017

ST. CLAIR COUNTY — St. Clair County District Attorney’s victim service officer Carrie Leland was recently accredited as a nationally recognized professional victims advocate, according to a press release.