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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Jury recommends life without parole
- Legal standing of JPA challenged
- Phipps trial to start Monday in Texas
- Teacher of the year finalists include local
Jury recommends life without parole
A Calhoun County jury found 34 year old Preston
Moore guilty Thursday of one count of capital murder and two counts of
attempted murder, recommending a sentence of life in prison without
the possibility of parole. Moore was charged in the 2003 Oxford
home-invasion shootings that took the life of Eugene Johnson of
Anniston and injured Tatianna Johnson and Xerxes Stanford of Oxford.
Jurors deliberated for a total of six and a half hours over two days h
before reaching the verdict. The decision to recommend life without
parole instead of the death penalty took less time, with jurors
deliberating for a little less than two hours. Eight jurors voted for
a life prison term while four voted for the death penalty. The jury’s
sentencing recommendation is not a final decision, but will be
considered by Circuit Judge Malcolm Street at a sentencing hearing set
for May 23. Street said he never has gone against a jury’s
recommendation in his more than 30 years on the bench.
Legal standing of JPA challenged
A lawsuit against the McClellan Joint Powers
Authority is headed in a new direction as the plaintiff’s attorney
Andrew Campbell amended their suit asking Calhoun County Circuit Judge
Joel Laird to rule that the JPA “does not legally exist.”, and asks
that a receiver be appointed over the assets of the JPA. Anniston
Mayor Chip Howell, vice chairman of the JPA said he is not surprised.
The complaint maintains that no local legislation exists to establish
the JPA as the legal authority over McClellan redevelopment. The
amended complaint filed earlier this week, was made known during a
court hearing in the case Thursday. Also during the hearing, Laird
ordered Howell to give a deposition sought by plaintiff’s attorneys on
Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Howell was not present to give a deposition last
Monday when it was scheduled. Laird ordered Howell to pay Campbell
$1,000 in attorney fees. The request that Laird rule that the JPA is
not a legal entity is an amendment to a lawsuit brought against the
JPA by developer James Coxwell and Anniston attorney Donald Stewart.
They are suing the board over a failed deal to sell some land at
McClellan to Anniston City Councilman Jeff Fink.
Phipps trial to start Monday in Texas
An independent candidate for Alabama Governor in
the 2006 elections will be in a Dallas Texas Federal courtroom Monday
morning. Jim Phipps is facing charges of mail fraud, wire fraud,
money laundering and income tax offenses. Prosecutors allege that
Phipps ran a pyramid scheme known as “Life Without Debt,” from June
1996 through June 2006. Prosecutors say that Phipps ran the scheme
from Colleyville, Texas until he moved his operations to Alabama in
August 2001. Phipps was arrested at an Anniston post office last
April and returned to Texas to face the charges. He was released on
bond which was revoked in October after prosecutors said he continued
to operate his scheme. Phipps remains in custody pending the outcome
of the jury trail set to get underway Monday morning in Dallas,
Texas. Prosecutors said that if he is convicted, Phipps faces a
maximum statutory sentence of hundreds of years in prison plus
millions in fines and restitution to the victims of his crimes.
Teacher of the year finalists include local teachers
Sixteen Alabama teachers – including two from
east central Alabama - have been named finalists for the 2007-08 state
Teacher of the Year awards, the state Department of Education
announced Thursday. The finalists include Diana M. Durham from Saks
Middle School, and Steve A. Bishop from Cedar Bluff High School in
Cherokee County. From the 16 finalists, four will be selected for the
interview component of the judging process. The state judges will
select Alabama's Teacher of the Year in May. The state winner will
compete for the title of National Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of
the Year will be honored along with district finalists at a reception
in Montgomery on May 9.
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