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- Three killed in I20 accident in Cleburne
- Bains Gap Road now open
- Court upholds conviction of former Lincoln
Three killed in I20 accident in Cleburne
Three people were killed Wednesday afternoon in a
four-vehicle accident On interstate 20 in Cleburne County. State
Troopers say that the accident occurred at the 211 mile marker , 12
miles east of Heflin, Closing the interstate in both directions for
several hours forcing the rerouting of traffic onto U.S. 78 in Heflin
and in Bowdon, Ga. Investigating officers said that, an eastbound
tractor-trailer ran up on a traffic jam and couldn’t get stopped in
time to avoid hitting an eastbound passenger vehicle in front of it.
Both vehicles careened across the median, where they collided with
two westbound tractor-trailers. Both eastbound vehicles caught fire.
The two occupants of the passenger vehicle and the sole driver of the
truck were killed. Cleburne County Coroner Rudy Rooks said he was
working to identify the victims Wednesday night. He said the exact
causes of death also could not be released. The driver of one of the
westbound trucks was seriously injured and was transported by
ambulance to Regional Medical Center. Emergency crews worked
throughout the night and were able to re-open the interstate near 3
Bain's Gap Road now open
Gap Road was officially opened Thursday morning with a ribbon cutting
ceremony attended by local officials.
Audio Commission Chairman Pappy Dunn at Ribbon Cutting...
Court upholds murder conviction of former
Lincoln Police Officer
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the 2005 murder
conviction of former Lincoln Police Officer Kenneth Pollard in a
unanimous decision. Pollard was convicted of the June 2003 beating
death of Wayne Earl Ellis from Louisiana who ended up in Lincoln by
mistake. Pollard’s supervisor, former Sgt. Kevin Jung, has also been
indicted for murder, but is awaiting trial. According to the ruling,
Pollard’s appeal was based on his belief “that the trial court erred
in denying his motion for a judgment of acquittal … because … the
evidence was insufficient to sustain his conviction for murder.”
Specifically, Pollard argues that there was insufficient evidence that
he intended to cause the death of the victim and that the trial court
should have granted his motion for a judgment of acquittal. The
appeals court disagreed. “In this case,” the ruling states, “the state
presented sufficient evidence from which a jury could have reasonably
inferred that Pollard acted intentionally. A witness testified that
Pollard struck Ellis in the head with a flashlight, a deadly weapon,
and that Pollard and Sgt. Jung appeared to continue hitting Ellis
after he fell to the ground. Pollard was sentenced by Circuit Judge
Julian King to 22 years in prison. Jung, will most likely face a jury
in March, according to Talladega County District Attorney Steve
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