Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- Dothan police arrested a Birmingham man early Tuesday morning after responding to calls about a possible kidnapping at the Flying J Truck Stop on Ross Clark Circle and an elderly woman being locked in the back of a truck in the parking lot. When officers got to the scene and found the Penske truck belonging to the suspect, 43-year-old Jeffery Eric Seay. After making contact with Seay, police discovered his mother, 68-year-old Elizabeth Allen, locked in the rear compartment of the truck. Paramedics then treated Allen at the scene for dehydration and other nonthreatening injuries. Seay was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning, but though investigators determined that no kidnapping had occurred, Seay was charged with second-degree elderly abuse. However, the investigation is still ongoing with additional charges pending.
- A lawsuit is alleging that Madison County physician, Dr. Dr. Celia Lloyd-Turney, is responsible for the wrongful death of 30-year-old Felicia Ann Kelly after prescribing her more than 3,600 pills in under four years. The 14-page lawsuit filed by Maureen Cooper, the administrator of Kelly’s estate, says that Kelly died from “mixed drug toxicity,” with toxicology tests detecting “fatal levels” of oxycodone and other drugs. Lloyd-Turney was allegedly treating Kelly for anxiety and chronic pain. The total of prescribed pills between 2012 and 2016 was 3,645 and during the final 2 1/2 months of Kelly’s life, the lawsuit alleges that the doctor prescribed Kelly at least 582 oxycodone pills. Lloyd-Turner was also writing Kelly other prescriptions during that time for medications such as opioids and benzodiazepines. Turner is accused in the lawsuit of excessive prescribing, failure to properly recognize and treat addiction. Lloyd-Turner’s clinic and employer, Choice Medicine, is also named a defendant in the lawsuit and is accused of failing to properly train and supervise its employees.
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