Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:
- A traffic stop in Birmingham led police to discover two bombs in the truck bed that were 10 inches long, 1 1/2 inches in diameter and filled with flash powder. The two men, one an Army veteran, also had an AR-15 rifle in the backseat along with two other guns. The military veteran, 27-year-old Joshua Ward of Hamilton, was charged with possession of an explosive device and violation of the state firearms act. The other man, 30-year-old Bradley Pullen of Hueytown, faces charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The ATF reported they would disable the explosive devices at a remote location.
- Police have apprehended a suspect in the Easter weekend shooting at Center Point’s Cathedral of the Cross that injured six people, including a one-year-old girl. The suspect, 17-year-old Huffman High School student Laeric Bailey, allegedly started firing after an argument over a girl. He was arrested at school a few days later and faces one charge of second-degree assault, though police say he will soon face other charges for the incident.
- The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reported that two suspects in a 2016 homicide of an Opelika cab owner now face upgraded charges of capital murder. The two suspects, 26-year-old Martez Anthony Simmons and 25-year-old Marquavious Tirrell Howard, were arrested shortly after police responded to an August 30th 911 call about a burning car in Columbus, Ga. The next day, someone reported to Lee County Police that they had found a body on the side of the road with multiple gunshot wounds. The connection was soon made between the cab and the body, which was identified as that of 67-year-old owner William Lewis Foreman.
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