Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- Three Dallas County residents are each being held on a $1 million bond in connection with a drive-by shooting of a 3-year-old boy in Selma on Thursday, March 8th. Two 19-year-old males, Kentravius Washington and Adrian Richardson, surrendered this past Tuesday and appeared before Dallas County District Judge Bob Armstrong the following morning. Armstrong set their bonds at $500,000 for attempted murder and $500,000 for shooting into an unoccupied building. Washington’s mother, Cassandra Jones, was also present at the shooting on Thursday. The mother of the three-year-old was holding the toddler outside a home on on Marie Foster Drive when the three suspects reportedly fired shots with an AK-47 and a .40-calibert Glock handgun from their car and struck the toddler in the face. He was flown to UAB Hospital, but is expected to survive. The suspects will have their preliminary hearings on April 3rd.
- On Tuesday, the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the arrests of two Atlanta men, 31-year-old Gordon Shannon and 30-year-old Jeffery Lee Warren, who had been suspected of being involved in a three-month probe into large amounts of marijuana being moved from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa police had stopped Shannon’s Hyundai Elantra Interstate 59/20 southbound near Exit 80 on Monday. He was being followed by Warren’s Dodge Charger. Though they tried to elude the stop, authorities eventually pulled over both men. The lawmen detected the smell of raw marijuana as they approached the Elantra and soon confirmed it by bringing in a drug-sniffing dog. A search of the Hyundai’s backseat yielded 15 pounds of high-grade marijuana valued at $52,000. Shannon and Warren were charged with drug trafficking and are being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $1.5 million bond each.
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