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- Calhoun County Marine dies in Iraq
- Woman pleads guilty to murder of retired
- Preuitt says he has votes to change senate
- Man pleads guilty to St. Clair murder
Calhoun County Marine dies in Iraq
21-year-old Anniston Marine and Wellborn High
School graduate serving in Iraq, died in Iraq Wednesday of unknown
causes. Cody Watson, who joined the Marine Corps last year, fell ill
and collapsed Wednesday. A medical team was unable to revive him.
Watson is survived by his father, Brian Watson,
who recently retired from the Anniston Police Department, and his
sister, Lacey Watson.
Woman pleads guilty to murder of retired Anniston firefighter
An Etowah County woman has plead guilty in the 11
year old murder of retired Anniston firefighter Herbert Willie Woods.
According to Calhoun Circuit assistant district attorney Brian
McVeigh, 44 year old Kathy Williams Boone, of Southside, entered her
plea Tuesday and was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the death of
Woods, who was her former employer. The Body of the retired
firefighter was discovered by his son on Oct. 14, 1995 at the Anniston
New and Used Furniture shop, where Woods worked. Boone’s plea, which
was entered in Circuit Court Judge Joel Laird’s court room, resulted
from an investigation spearheaded by the Cold Case Unit of the Calhoun
County District Attorney’s Office. Boone, who tried to use the victims
bank card to take money from Woods’ bank account before and after he
was killed, confessed to the killing 10 years and 10 days after it
occurred. Boone will be transferred to Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka to
serve her sentence.
Preuitt says he has votes to change senate
State Sen. Jim Preuitt, of Talladega, a Democrat
now aligned with Republicans, announced Thursday he had gathered
enough votes to oust Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Lowell
Barron, which would give Republicans their greatest influence in the
Senate since Reconstruction. One Republican, however, said the
announcement was premature. Barron, meanwhile, said no one should
jump to any conclusions before the Senate's organizational session
starts Jan. 9.
Preuitt announced Thursday that he had the votes "to successfully
organize the Senate." He said he's committed to having a mix of
Democrats and Republicans as chairmen of Senate committees, and he
believes Republican Gov. Bob Riley should get his bills considered on
the Senate floor rather than stopping in committee. The 71 year old
Preuitt, was once Barron's ally, but they split last year and Barron
helped Preuitt's opponent in the Democratic primary. Now, Preuitt is
a leader of six dissident Democrats who split off from the Senate's
other 17 Democrats. One GOP negotiator, Sen. Bradley Byrne of
Montrose, said the announcement was premature, saying that There
hasn't been a commitment made to anybody about anything.
Republican Sen. Larry Dixon of Montgomery said Democrats will still be
in the majority, but if Preuitt is president pro tem, Republicans will
have more chairmanships and more seats on major Senate committees than
at any time in his 28-year tenure. Preuitt said the Senate shouldn't
be a rubber stamp for any governor, "but a governor ought to have his
plan heard." Complicating the organization of the Senate are two
lawsuits challenging the election of Barron and three of his allies,
as well as Sen. Larry Means, D-Gadsden, who's on Preuitt's side. The
litigation is still in the early stages.
Man pleads guilty to St. Clair murder
A man already serving time for the 1999 murder of
a Pell City Man, pleaded guilty Thursday to a St. Clair County
homicide that had remained unsolved for 14 years. 31 year old James
Daniel Oglesby, pleaded guilty in open court to the first-degree
murder of 50 year old Lowell Eugene Keith, of Margaret, who died in
1992 from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Circuit Court Judge
Jim Hill sentenced Oglesby to life in prison without the possibility
of parole. Oglesby was 16 at the time he shot and killed Keith in a
botched home burglary April 3, 1992.
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