Author: Jason Johnson

Ruling clears path for long-delayed execution

With a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, an Alabama man is another step closer to a death sentence he’s managed to escape seven times before. Thomas Arthur was convicted of shooting Troy Wicker while he slept in Muscle Shoals in 1982 after being hired by his wife, Judy Wicker, with whom Arthur had a previous affair. Testimony from that trial revealed Arthur killed Wicker in exchange for $10,000 from a life insurance policy. Throughout the years, however, Arthur has managed to escape death a number of times — seeing executions halted by the courts seven times after going...

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Burch named January ‘Officer of the Month’

The Mobile Police Department named Jeremy Burch as it’s “Officer of the Month” for January 2017, recognizing the first precinct officer’s “stellar work ethic and performance.” Working in patrol since 2013, Burch is assigned to the operations division of the first precinct, and in January, he made four drug arrests and took six guns off the streets, three of which had been reported stolen. In total, Burch answered 106 service calls and 40 requests for back-up during the month of January, leading to 35 felony and 88 misdemeanor arrests. However, he was also credited for arresting the fourth and...

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Man charged in Mobile sexual assaults

Police have charged a Chickasaw man with two rapes reported in the Mobile area, one of which was reportedly committed by a man the victim had just met near downtown Mobile last August. Mobile Police officers arrested 47-year-old Roger Lee McCreary on Feb. 12, charging him in connection with sexual assaults reported last week at the Salvation Army on Dauphin Street and another reported near Fort Conde in August 2016. According to the MPD, that incident occurred on Aug. 25, after a female victim allegedly met McCreary — who identified himself to her as “Silk” — in the area...

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AG confirms Bentley probe in recusal announcement

Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall has recused himself from an ongoing investigation into the office of Gov. Robert Bentley, who appointed Marshall to his new position only five days ago to fill a vacancy left by the appointment of Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate. A news release from Marshall’s office on Wednesday offered the first official confirmation that an investigation of Bentley’s office has been occurring within the AG’s office — one that’s been suspected since allegations the governor used state funds to facilitate an affair with former staff member Rebekah Mason were first made public in...

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Bill would end Alabama’s judicial override policy

Last year, when a jury spared a man twice convicted of sexual assault and murder from the death penalty, presiding Judge Charlie Graddick was quick to suggest he thought they’d made the wrong decision. “If it was appropriate, Alabama would have allowed me to override your recommendation and maybe sentence him to death,” Graddick said of Carlos Edward Kennedy. “I could do that today, but I know we’d be right back here in the same shape as we are now.” Graddick was referring to state judges’ ability to override a jury’s recommended sentence in cases involving capital punishment. When...

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