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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Jacksonville man convicted of murder
- Veterinarian shot
- Oxford woman pleads guilty in computer
Jacksonville man convicted of murder
Calhoun County jury Thursday afternoon convicted a Jacksonville man
in the 2005 murder of his brother. 44 year old Michael Wayne
Lathers, is being held in the Calhoun county jail awaiting a June 4th
sentencing hearing before Circuit Judge Malcolm Street. He faces a
sentence of 20 years to life in prison. Russell Joseph Lathers, was
killed April 7, 2005, in what was described as a longstanding family
feud. The shooting took place on Michael Lathers' porch between
Jacksonville and Weaver. Lathers and his attorneys had claimed the
shooting was self-defense, but the medical examiner testified that
the victim had wounds from five gunshots, four of which were in the
A Cherokee county veterinarian was shot and his
animal clinic set fire Thursday night in what authorities say
appeared to be a robbery attempt. Dr. Jerry Handley, whose clinic
is near the Cherokee-Etowah county line, was taken by helicopter to
a Birmingham hospital after being shot twice. Etowah County Sheriff
Todd Entrekin, Deputy Colt Gregory and Hokes Bluff Officer Tyler Roe
pulled Handley from the burning building, which was a total loss.
Investigators did not know how many animals died in the fire but
none apparently survived except a parrot. Cherokee County Sheriff
Jeff Shaver said his investigators were assisting in the search for
suspects in the shooting, which occurred after 8 p.m. last night.
Investigators said two suspects came out the back of the building,
climbed a fence and ran toward the woods. Blood hounds were brought
in Thursday night to try to track the suspects.
Oxford woman pleads guilty in computer fraud
A 61 year old Oxford woman pled guilty Thursday
to computer fraud and theft of government property in Huntsvilles
federal court. Freida Spearman Holmes had been accused in the two
count indictment of using payroll computers at the Anniston Army
Depot to give her son and daughter more money and benefits than they
were due. The first count charged Holmes with stealing $33,026.90 in
government funds. The second charged her with exceeding her
authorized access to a government computer as a Customer Service
Representative for payroll. Holmes is set to be sentenced on Aug.
19. The maximum sentence for theft of government property is 10
years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The maximum sentence for
unauthorized computer access with intent to defraud is five years in
prison and a fine of $250,000.
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