Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:
- Lauderdale County police have charged a 23-year-old Florence man with extortion after it was discovered he had allegedly faked his own kidnapping – saying he had also been beaten and bound- to get $1000 from his grandmother. Preston Kelley told his grandmother if she did not send the money through a Walmart money gram, he would be killed. The grandmother immediately went to the police, who later unraveled Kelley’s scheme.
- Another teenage suspect have been charged in the drive-by shooting death of a Wenonah High School senior that occurred on February 3rd. Dequerius Tyrell Fair was allegedly in the same stolen vehicle with Monsure Davis (charged with capital murder in the death of Juzahris Webb) and Sha Quon Edwards (charged with first-degree theft of property). Davis and Fair are each being held on a $250,000 bond.
- The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office announced drug trafficking charges against a 31-year-old Talladega man on Friday after a controlled delivery – (in which an undercover officer posed as as person delivering the shipment to the suspect – resulted in a traffic stop and seizure of four pounds of marijuana (valued at $19,200). The suspect, Michael Allen White, is being held at the St. Clair County Jail on a $1 million bond.