Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- Two Marshall County teens face accusations of posting on social media pictures of an overdosed teen’s body before deciding to drive the woman to the hospital instead of calling 911. According to authorities, 19-year-old John Garrett Guffey and 18-year-old Lillie Marie Cooper waited an extended period of time before attempting to drive the victim to the emergency room and eventually running out of gas on the way. The event occurred last April at a house in Grant, Alabama, where investigators determined that the victim had died. Guntersville Fire and Rescue crews were called to the Mapco station on U.S. 431 to help an unresponsive woman who was in a vehicle. The two suspects have been indicted on charges of corpse abuse and criminally negligent homicide; they are being held in the Marshall County Jail with a bail set at $10,000.
- An assistant football coach at Tuskegee University, 33-year-old Ramone Jardon Nickerson, was arrested this past Wednesday and charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one charge of possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Nickerson, a former Tuskegee player, faces accusation of selling cocaine and marijuana in the area and was indicted by a federal grand jury after being found with approximately 3 ounces of cocaine, a pound of marijuana, and a .40 caliber handgun on March 13th in Russell County. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for the drug trafficking charges, and at least five years for the firearms charge with no chance of parole at the federal level.
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