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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Stay granted for Talladega serial killer
- Drug kingpin sentenced
- Gas expansion
- Local couple killed in Oklahoma wreck
Stay granted for Talladega serial killer
Daniel Siebert, a convicted serial killer who
was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection today for four 1986
Talladega murders, was granted a stay Wednesday by a federal appeals
court. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
in Atlanta ordered Siebert's execution delayed until the U.S.
Supreme Court rules on a pending Kentucky challenge of the
constitutionality of lethal injection. The ruling made Alabama the
11th state in which an execution has been delayed pending the
outcome of the Kentucky case before the high court. Siebert had
appealed his death sentence, arguing that drugs he is taking for
pancreatic cancer could react with Alabama's three-drug execution
cocktail, causing him extreme pain, according to court documents.
The appeal also argued that lethal injection violates the U.S.
Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual
punishment, the same argument made in the Kentucky case before the
Supreme Court, Baze v. Rees.
Drug kingpin sentenced
A Talladega man was sentenced to two life terms
in federal prison Wednesday after being convicted of drug charges by
a jury in May. 51 year old Paul Anthony “Brown” Cass, was arrested
in February along with his wife and eight other people for various
charges relating to the distribution of crack cocaine in Talladega
between 1999 and 2007. According to Talladega County Drug and
Violent Crime Task Force commander Jason Murray, Cass was sentenced
to life terms for conspiracy and distribution of crack cocaine. He
will also serve concurrent terms of 360 months each on six other
distribution counts and 240 months for operating a crack house. If
he were ever released, he would be required to serve an additional
10 years of supervised probation.
Energen Corp. has spent $7 million in the past
two months to add another 30,000 acres of natural gas property, as
drillers continue searching north Alabama for the next U.S. energy
mother lode. Birmingham-based Energen said Wednesday it has amassed
250,000 acres of leases in the north central part of the state.
That's up from 220,000 acres at the end of July. Leasing costs have
totaled $20 million, up from $13 million in July. That works out to
about $80 an acre paid to landowners for the right to prospect for
natural gas on the 250,000 acres. Well drilling might begin early
next year, after regulatory approval is sought, Energen said. The
land of recent interest to natural gas drillers extends from
Ashville, St. Clair County, north to Gadsden and into Cherokee
County. Some geologists say it is part of an even bigger natural gas
reserve that extends far north into Georgia and might rival the
largest on-shore field in the country, Texas' Barnett Shale.
Local couple killed in Oklahoma wreck
Oklahoma authorities report that an Anniston
couple were killed in a six-vehicle collision in northwest Oklahoma
Tuesday. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol 73 year old Arthur
Hebert, 64 year old Joann Singleton Hebert, of Anniston, died of
massive injuries at the scene on U.S. Highway 270 near Mutual
between Seiling and Woodward, Okla. Two other local residents were
also killed in the accident when they were among Four vehicles and a
tractor-trailer stopped in the westbound lane for road construction
when a semi driven by Luis Miguel Jimenez of Escondido, Calif.,
failed to stop and struck the vehicles in the rear. The rig first
hit a pickup truck and knocked it into a field, troopers said. It
then drove over a pickup, killing the Greens, and then over a
Mercedes, killing the Heberts. The rig struck the second semi and
pushed it into another pickup truck and caught fire.
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