Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:
- The Jefferson County Financial Crimes Task Force recently arrested a 49-year-old female clerk for selling fake driver’s licenses from her desk at the county courthouse. Though officials do not believe any identities have been compromised, the investigation is still ongoing to determine how many fake licenses were sold and the amount of time the suspect’s scheme had gone on.
- Police have given an update regarding the murder of a McCalla teen during an illegal gun transaction and robbery in Hueytown at the end of last month. According to an affidavit, the victim, Colt Coggins, had the money out for the transaction and one of the suspects, Deion Jones, put a gun to Coggins’ head, shooting him during an ensuing struggle. Jones and the other suspect, Brenden Long, fled the scene and were eventually arrested after being identified by witnesses. Long confessed and is charged with felony murder. Jones received two counts of capital murder charges.
- The chaos brought about by this past weekend’s icy weekend was amplified by a shoot-out between two truck drivers on I-20. Though police said the incident started with shouting, the event escalated with one man eventually being shot and hospitalized. Neither of the parties were from Alabama, and though it is an ongoing investigation, police believe road-rage caused the incident.