Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- A woman faces charges of felony aggravated assault of a police officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest after allegedly hitting and kicking a Limestone County deputy in the face during an arrest Thursday evening. According to a sheriff’s spokesman, deputies were dispatched to New Cut Road to investigate a suspicious person, Heather Nicole Reece, walking in the middle of the road. When the deputies approached Reece and asked if she needed medical attention and a ride, she rejected the offer. After checking her ID, however, they discovered that she was wanted on a warrant in Athens. When they attempted to make an arrest, authorities said that Reece became combative, kicking one deputy in the side of the face, but not seriously injuring them. Reece was released on a $6,000 bail Friday morning. If convicted of the charges, she could face up to ten years in prison.
- A 37-year-old Lauderdale County woman has been indicted on 50 counts of possession of a forged instrument and three counts of first-degree theft after allegedly forging more than $16,000 worth of checks from her employer’s bank account. Authorities said that an investigation into Carnley Melton began in August 2017 after her boss, a local builder, contacted police. Detectives soon discovered several incidents of Melton writing checks from the business account without permission. Melton was arrested last Monday, the 4th, and released on a $90,000 bail from the Lauderdale County jail.
- Birmingham police have formally charged 27-year-old Keegan Dixie with murder because of his involvement in last Sunday night’s shooting of 28-year-old Antonio Taylor. Around 11:15 p.m., dispatch sent West Precinct officers to the Shell in the 800 block of Third Avenue West, where they found Taylor suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to UAB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead early Monday morning. Taylor had an infant son. Reports obtained by detectives state that Dixie was outside the store when the shooting happened, but it is still unclear whether the shooting was accidental or intentional. Dixie is being held in the Jefferson County jail on a $250,000 bond.
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