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Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:

  • Yesterday, U.S. Marshals and local police arrested a prime suspect in a Prattville triple murder. Authorities had been searching the last week for 35-year-old Marty Deaundre Morgan, one of four people in connection with the July 3rd shooting death of three men at the Hook-Up Barber and Style Shop. Another man was shot, but not killed at the barbershop. Morgan and a suspected 19-year-old accomplice, Keon Deshon Cain, are both charged with three counts of murder. Two other suspects, Thomas Lipson and Donnell Ruffin, face charges for aiding and abetting Morgan. The U.S. Marshal in Montgomery says they believe the motive was robbery. Cain was arrested last Wednesday and Lipson and Ruffin have also been taken into custody.
  • Mobile police are searching for a 22-year-old male suspect who allegedly assaulted a male with a pair of steel-toed boots in a local neighborhood. The suspect, Austin Cooper, fled the scene on Wednesday, July 5th.
  • A Jefferson County grand jury recently indicted a female suspect who allegedly swung an 18-inch bayonet at a Mountain Brook police officer two years ago. On June 23rd, 2015, 49-year-old Vanessa Hirschowitz attacked an officer in her mother’s home after police had found the mother wandering the streets and reported a domestic abuse situation. Hirschowitz appeared from underneath a blanket and swung the bayonet at an officer. The weapon missed his neck but cut his forearm. He later received stitches at the hospital. Hirschowitz was arrested on September 9th, 2015, and released on a $50,000 bond.
  • Police recently arrested a Shelby County man after he was spotted driving a stolen bulldozer through the Pelham Walmart parking lot. The John Deere vehicle was allegedly taken from Warrior Tractor & Equipment. The suspect, Brandon Keith Smith, eventually crashed the tractor into a Murphy gas station near the Walmart, where police arrested him. Smith had several other stolen goods in his possession; he is being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $75,000 bond for charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first-degree theft of property, first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree burglary.

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