May 2012 Archives

Drug conviction could put Baldwin County resident away for life

A 43-year-old Baldwin County man could spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted on drug charges last week. Benigno Garza was arrested in 2009 when officers from a county task force discovered remnants of an active methamphetamine lab in his home.

How many innocent people remain behind bars?

Imagine being convicted of a crime you didn't commit. You would likely feel helpless and angry. Sadly, that is the reality for many people in Birmingham and beyond, and a newly compiled list of exonerations is proof that innocent people are living behind bars.

DUI Manslaughter Conviction Lands Ex-Police Officer 12 Years

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction of James Kendrick, a former Birmingham Police Officer, for reckless manslaughter. In November 2009 James Kendrick was estimated to have been travelling at over 120 miles per hour on Interstate 20/59 when he collided with Derric Rush. Kendrick's blood alcohol content

Is sleepwalking a plausible criminal defense?

When someone in Birmingham is charged with a crime, it is wise to begin developing a strong criminal defense. Every defense is different and is based on the individual criminal case. However, some defense strategies are particularly unique. Despite its uniqueness, one criminal defense appears to be plausible in some situations.

Alabama man faces felony charges for alleged assault

Whether you live in Alabama or elsewhere, people make mistakes. There are times when people let their emotions get the best of them. Unfortunately, one Alabama man's frustration could end up costing him 10 years of his life.

University band members facing felony charges for hazing

As Alabama residents know, college is a time to have fun and be carefree. The experience is filled with many traditions and activities. However, sometimes, if we aren't careful, fun can evolve into something much more dangerous. Something that starts off as an innocent joke can transform into a serious matter.


Robert 'Rider' Dewey was wrongly convicted for the rape and murder of a young 19 year old girl in Colorado. Robert spent over 6,000 days of his life behind bars for a crime that he did not commit. Mesa County District Judge said, "this is a reminder that the system is not perfect." Even after spending all this time behind bars Dewey said that he is not angry, that it wouldn't do him any good.

Drugs, paraphernalia and alleged stolen property lead to charges

Drug charges can result from a routine traffic stop, a dog leash violation or a neighbor's complaint about a loud party or excessive visitors. For one man in Clanton, he became the target of an investigation after neighbors complained about the in-and-out traffic of visitors at the man's home.

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