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AG loses appeal in Sen. Barron's prosecution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state attorney general's office has lost its appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court in its prosecution of former state Senate leader Lowell Barron of Fyffe.

The Supreme Court declined unanimously Friday to review pre-trial rulings that Attorney General Luther Strange's office says are fatal to its case.

Barron's attorney, Joe Espy, says the attorney general should now dismiss the case.

Barron and a former campaign aide were indicted last year on charges accusing them of misusing money from Barron's unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2010.

The attorney general's office appealed rulings by Circuit Judge Randall Cole that Barron could present evidence about how other candidates use campaign funds.

Cole also ruled the attorney general's office couldn't present evidence about whether the defendants had a romantic relationship.


Second man arrested in slaying of ex-'Bama player

GREENVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a second man is in custody is the shooting death of former University of Alabama football player Ozell Powell.

Police in Powell's hometown of Greenville say Samarjay Demontes Peterson surrendered on Friday morning.

Peterson is now charged with murder. He's jailed without bond.

Authorities previously charged 22-year-old Eric Simmons in the killing.

Powell was shot twice in the chest at an apartment complex on Wednesday night and died later at a hospital.

Police haven't disclosed a possible motive.

Powell played at Alabama from 1993 through 1996, starting 25 games on the defensive line. He'd been living in Greenville a few years.


Grand jury to get case of former Alabama principal

GREENSBORO, Ala. (AP) - A district attorney in west Alabama says a Hale County grand jury will review a complaint against former Greensboro High School principal Dyana Thomas.

The state Ethics Commission decided Aug. 6 that there was probable cause to believe Thomas may have violated the ethics law. It sent the case to District Attorney Michael Jackson.

Jackson said Friday he will present the case to the next grand jury, which should convene before the end of the year. Jackson said the complaint involves whether Thomas used his school position for personal gain.

Thomas doesn't have a listed phone number and couldn't be reached for comment.

He pleaded guilty to mail fraud in 2007 involving his position as principal of Greene County High School. He got five years on probation.


Police: Man died in Ala. jail from multiple drugs

OXFORD, Ala. (AP) - Police say the death of a 32-year-old man who had been booked at an Alabama jail was caused by intoxication from multiple drugs.

The Anniston Star reports the family of Melvin Mathews says Oxford police should have taken him to a hospital after he was arrested June 7 for public intoxication.

Mathews had left a nightclub before his arrest. He died in jail about an hour later.

An autopsy found Mathews' blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit and he had taken the drugs hydrocodone and bath salts. The dead man's mother, Angela Barnett, says she believes her son would have lived had police taken him to a hospital. Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown says the drugs would have killed Mathews even if he wasn't jailed.


Ala teacher's aide convicted in child sex case

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Jurors in Huntsville have convicted a former teacher's aide of sexually abusing a child.

A Madison County jury returned the verdict Friday against Michael Horton, who had worked in Huntsville's school system.

The 37-year-old Horton was convicted of sodomy. He was arrested in 2009 for alleged actions that occurred in 2008.

Horton's defense claimed the child's family made up the claims. The man was caring for and mentoring the youth.

Jurors deliberated for almost two days. They convicted the man shortly after telling the judge they could reach a verdict.


Tuscaloosa police officer charged in domestic case

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A Tuscaloosa police officer is on leave following his arrest in an alleged domestic dispute.

Police say Officer Jimmy Darrell Smith of Cottondale is charged with domestic violence and sodomy following his arrest Thursday evening.

Police say a 37-year-old woman called authorities saying the man had thrown her into a chair and tried to strangle her a week ago. She also reported two sexual assaults earlier this month.

The case was referred to county investigators, who obtained warrants for the officer.

Smith is 33. Officials say he's been employed by the Tuscaloosa Police Department since 2010.

Court records don't show whether Smith has hired an attorney. He jailed with bond set at $65,000.

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