Sheriff: Deputy fired for choking inmate who cursed at him
PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff says one of his deputies has been fired for choking an inmate who cursed at him.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells reporters that 48-year-old Stephon Lopez Parker was fired Monday. He says witness accounts and surveillance video disproved Parker's account.
The sheriff says Parker and another deputy were loading inmates into a van after court Friday when Parker pinned Johnathan McLendon against a wall. The 34-year-old man suffered a bruised and a reddened neck.
McLendon was being returned to jail after a hearing on a felony theft charge. The sheriff says he has asked Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones to hold McLendon in that county's jail pending the case's resolution.
Parker has posted bail and been released. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.
Man arrested in 1980 rape, slaying of Alabama teen
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A 61-year-old Alabama man has been arrested and charged in the 1980 rape and fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old whose body was found dumped on a dead-end street in Mobile.
News outlets report Alvin Ray Allen was taken into custody Tuesday after a standoff with authorities that ended when officers broke into his home.
Sandra Williams was found dead on Sept. 11, 1980. Her body was dumped miles away from her apartment, which authorities said showed no sign of a struggle. WKRG-TV reported that authorities reopened the case in 2016 and planned to retest DNA evidence and re-interview witnesses.
Allen's wife surrendered to authorities during the standoff. It's unclear if she faces any charges. Allen has posted bail and been released from custody. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.
Alabama man gets 30 years for murdering man in 2016
JASPER, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting and beating a 19-year-old man.
News outlets report 25-year-old Joshua Adam Reese pleaded guilty to murder Monday for the 2016 death of Nicholas Hawkins.
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair says Hawkins' grandparents wanted him to offer Reese a deal to avoid trial. Hawkins' grandmother, Pam Hawkins, says avoiding trial would help the family move forward.
Court documents say Reese shot Hawkins in the back with a shotgun before beating him in the head with the butt of the gun.
Documents say Danny Jarvis Jr. and Cory Conner were there during the shooting and cooperated with authorities. They were charged Tuesday with abuse of a corpse and hindering prosecution and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
18-month-old dies from suspected child abuse injury
CLEVELAND, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities say an 18-month-old baby at the center of a child abuse investigation has died.
News outlets report that the boy died Monday. Authorities said the charges will be upgraded against the child's mother and boyfriend.
Twenty-four -year-old Samantha McCormack will be charged with reckless murder and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Robert Elmore Jr., will be charged with capital murder.
Authorities say the baby was hospitalized Friday and was a "victim of severe battering and shaking injury."
Blount County Sheriff's Investigator Edward Hull says Elmore admitted to dropping the baby because the baby pulled his chest hairs. Hull says McCormack didn't call authorities right away because she believed she'd lose custody of her children again, as she did in 2018.