Man found guilty in cousin's stabbing death
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man has been found guilty of fatally stabbing his cousin over a pair of DVDs.
WAFF-TV reports that a Limestone County jury decided against lesser charges of manslaughter against 36-year-old Kenny Adams on Wednesday. Adams' had previously asked that the charges be dismissed based on the stand your ground law.
A judge denied that motion.
Adams was charged in the Dec. 31, 2012 death of Yancey Metz Foster. Authorities have said Foster and Adams argued over a pair of DVDs that Adams was trying to retrieve. Adams has said he was protecting himself but prosecutors say Adams was the aggressor.
Ala. man sentenced in illegal pesticide case
MACON, Ga. (AP) - The owner of an Alabama-based company that authorities say incorrectly used pesticide at nursing homes had been sentenced to two years in prison.
Steven Murray of Pelham appeared in federal court on Wednesday. Prosecutors say his company, Bio-Tech Management, used the pesticide Termidor inside nursing homes in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama, contrary to the manufacturer's instructions and created false reports to conceal it.
Authorities say that jeopardized the health of vulnerable residents at the homes.
Murray also must pay a fine of $7,500. The company was sentenced to three years of probation and a $50,000 fine.
Ala. Ethics Commission begins new director search
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Ethics Commission is beginning the search for a new director, but commissioners already have someone in mind to take the job on an interim basis.
Members voted Thursday to offer the position of acting director to former Cumberland Law School Dean John Carroll. Carroll is also a former U.S. magistrate judge for the Middle District of Alabama.
Commission chairwoman Larkin Martin said she had a preliminary conversation with Carroll and will reach out to see if he will accept the position.
Director Jim Sumner is retiring on Oct. 1 after leading the commission for 17 years.
Commissioners said they want an acting director so they can have time to do a thorough search for the permanent hire.
The Alabama Senate must confirm a permanent appointment.
SCHOOL GUN SUSPENSION
Student arrested after attempting to fire gun
PRICHARD, Ala. (AP) - A 14-year-old student at Vigor High School is in police custody after school officials say he attempted to fire a gun in the school's hallway.
Mobile County Public School System spokeswoman Nancy Pierce tells WALA-TV that the boy was taken to Strickland Youth Center. Pierce says the school's principal will recommend that he be expelled.
She says the boy took the gun out in a hallway at the school on Wednesday and attempted to fire it twice. It's not clear why the gun did not fire.
Ala. woman suspected in $200,000 employee theft
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - A Warrior woman is charged with stealing more than $200,000 from her employer by forging checks.
Police say 52-year-old Rebecca Higginbotham was arrested Tuesday. She faces seven counts of second-degree forgery, six counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft.
Police say the woman stole and forged at least 135 checks from her employer and deposited them into her personal accounts. AL.com reports that she worked in the accounts department for Birmingham Internal Medicine Associates.
Bond was set at $300,000. Online jail records do not list an attorney for Higginbotham.
CHURCH-SEX OFFENDER CAMP
Ala pastor sues over closure of sex offender camp
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama pastor has filed suit claiming a state law that forced him to shut down a church camp for sex offenders violates his constitutional rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit in Montgomery on Wednesday on behalf of Pastor Ricky Martin.
The lawsuit claims Martin believes it's his Christian duty to help people including sex offenders being released from prison. It says letting the former inmates live behind his church in rural Chilton County was a ministry.
The suit claims a law passed this year to shut down the camp violates his religious rights.
The law bars convicted sex offenders from living within 300 feet of each other on property in Chilton County.
Chilton County officials say the camp posed a threat to public safety.
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