Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- A judge recently granted a protection order for the wife and kids (ages 3 and 7) of Thomas Zebulun Lewter, a man accused of attempting to pull out a gun at a Limestone County church service this past Sunday. At O’Neal Church of Christ Lewter had been speaking from the pulpit about his pending divorce (filed by his wife less than a month earlier) when, according to the sheriff’s office, he attempted to grab his handgun. Congregants tackled Lewter to the ground and a retired deputy who was at the service handcuffed Lewter until officers arrived. According to the protraction order that Lewter’s wife filed on Monday, the suspect had blamed the divorce on and made threats towards her and her father. Limestone County Circuit Judge Robert Baker granted the order, ordering Mr. Lewter to surrender all firearms to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department. Lewter has been released from custody, but faces a felony charge of making a terrorist threat. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison.
- Three more teenage suspects have been jailed in the February shooting of 17-year-old Michael Lee at Birmingham’s McAlpine Park. Tremon Demarco Flemming, Antonio Wydaron Wagner and Erion Markese Johnson, also 17, were arrested Tuesday on a manslaughter charge and were subsequently indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury. Another teen allegedly involved in the shooting, 18-year-old Faith Jakia Martin, was arrested Sunday and released Tuesday on a $2,500 bond. According to the indictment, the suspects killed the victim “by shooting him with a pistol “due to sudden heat of passion caused by provocation recognized by law and before a reasonable time for the passion to cool and for reason to reassert itself.” If convicted, the suspects could be faced with a Class B felony and face anywhere from two to 20 years in prison.
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