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I'm a 1985 graduate of the University of Alabama. I am married and have a son in college. I am the courts reporter for Alabama Media Group and @aldotcom

Man testifies he was "terrified" of turning himself in to police after shooting Officer Keary Hollis

al.com — Patrick Johnson, the man on trial for capital murder in the May 10, 2014 death of off-duty Birmingham Police Officer Keary Hollis , testified this morning that he left the scene and later lied to police because he was "terrified" what police might do to him.

Man on trial for teen's stabbing death in grandson's bicycle theft

al.com — A 53-year-old Birmingham man is on trial this week in the stabbing death of a teen who allegedly stole his grandson's bicycle. David Turner is charged with murder in the Sept. 5, 2013 death of Timothy Bryant, 16, who was stabbed outside a barber shop on 29th Avenue North.

How Anthony Ray Hinton survived 30 years on death row

al.com — On April 3, Anthony Ray Hinton walked free, prosecutors dropping the charges - the U.S. Supreme Court had ordered a retrial - that he'd killed two men in a Birmingham area fast food managers in 1985. The bullets didn't match up beyond a doubt, the state said.

Former Adams Produce chief operating officer enters plea deal in fraud case

al.com — The federal fraud trial of Steven Finberg, the former chief operating officer for Adams Produce Co. that filed for bankruptcy and closed in 2012, has been cancelled after he agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

Tax preparer sentenced, ordered to pay $44,080 to IRS

al.com — U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Kristie E. Sykes, 44, for her guilty plea to two counts of aiding in the preparation of a false return, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and IRS, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot.

Appeals court affirms Federal Trade Commission ruling that McWane held unlawful pipe fitting monopoly

al.com — The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed last year's decision by the FTC that the Birmingham-based pipe company had violated a section of the Federal Trade Commission Act that prohibits ''unfair or deceptive acts or practices" affecting commerce. The FTC ruling was not unanimous.

Man sentenced to 80 years in child porn case

al.com — An Etowah County man on Wednesday was ordered to serve 80 years in prison for his guilty plea to charges in a child pornography case that began after Danish police spotted a University of Alabama blanket in a photo. Victor Gray Dingler, 33, was sentenced by U.S.

Alabama and 12 other states file brief supporting Oklahoma's execution drug combination

al.com — Alabama and twelve other states on Wednesday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the three-drug combination being used by Oklahoma to execute inmates. Lethal injection executions in Alabama and a number of other states have been put on hold pending the outcome of an Oklahoma case before the Supreme Court.

Jeweler who reported gems stolen, then pawned them, sentenced

al.com — The owner of a former Mountain Brook Village jewelry store was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in federal prison for his guilty plea to gun and money laundering charges. Joseph Harold Gandy, 65, of Vestavia Hills, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre to three years and nine months.

Former CFO of Pelham company sentenced for $490,000 theft

al.com — The former chief financial officer for M.D. Henry Company Inc. has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for her guilty plea to using company credit cards to take $490,992 from the Pelham-based business. Tania Brasher Lawley, 56, of Harpersville, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Karon O.
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May 21, 2015

Sentencing delayed for former Serra Nissan sales manager s.al.com/UUR3Wzg via @aldotcom

May 21, 2015

Jury returns Friday to continue deliberations in trial of man charged in death of officer Keary Hollis s.al.com/2vm7pKf via @aldotcom

May 20, 2015

Man claims self-defense in officer's slaying; 'He's got an excuse for everything,' prosecutor says s.al.com/epRvqzR via @aldotcom

May 20, 2015

Two Alabama men convicted of 2006 church fires released from prison s.al.com/cwzg4YF via @aldotcom

May 20, 2015

Man testifies he was 'terrified' of turning himself in to police after shooting Officer Keary Hollis s.al.com/aHjOAoZ via @aldotcom

May 20, 2015

Man gets tougher sentence second time around in 2-year college probe s.al.com/oiPYydQ via @aldotcom

May 19, 2015

Bham police found wrecked Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle block from store where officer Hollis killed s.al.com/2Po0VJP via @aldotcom

May 19, 2015

'Punishment for damaging motorcycle should not be death' prosecutor says s.al.com/2Po0VJP via @aldotcom

May 18, 2015

Trial of man charged with slaying police officer begins s.al.com/MwdFTAI via @aldotcom

May 17, 2015

Alexander Shunnarah legal empire built on thousands of billboards, TV spots s.al.com/8kbF0ek via @aldotcom

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