Here are a few of the criminal law stories that occurred around the state of Alabama this past week:
- Earlier this month, Birmingham police and firefighters responded to an early morning call about a burning car in Ensley. After extinguishing the fire, authorities discovered a body in the trunk of the four-door sedan. Though initially unrecognizable, police recently identified the body (through dental records as well as contact from concerned family and friends) as local rapper, 32-year-old Paul Matthew “Bam Bam” Carter. No arrests have been announced.
- On Friday, a Mobile District Court Judge denied bond for two out of four suspects connected to the June 22nd home invasion of a 62-year-old US Marine Corps veteran, who shot three of the suspects during the incident. Though 29-year-old Casey Ray Gann and 19-year-old Joseph Heathcock were hospitalized the night of the incident, they appeared in court the next day. The third apprehended suspect, 24-year-old Chasatie Dulabhan, is still hospitalized. The three suspects, as well as a possible fourth suspect, had allegedly robbed the veteran of his medication two weeks before the June 22nd incident and threatened to hurt him if reported the incident. The man then received an unidentified, threatening phone call the next week. After he reported the burglary and phone call to authorities, an investigation was launched. The suspects then returned with the veteran waiting to defend himself. Gann and Dulabhan were each charged with one count of first-degree robbery. Heathcock was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, discharging a gun into an occupied building and felony probation violation.
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