Supreme Court Rebuffs Alabama Officer Charged with Murder

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to intervene on behalf of a Huntsville police officer charged with murder in a 2018 shooting.

The justices on Friday turned away an appeal by officer William “Ben” Darby without explanation.

Darby was on duty when he shot and killed 49-year-old Jeffrey Parker. Darby contends he was acting in self-defense and shouldn’t be prosecuted, but the court refused to overturn a lower court’s refusal.

The decision means the case against Darby can continue in Madison County.

Police say Parker called authorities saying he was armed and suicidal. They say Darby was one of three officers who responded and shot Parker when the man wouldn’t drop his weapon.

An internal police review board cleared Darby of wrongdoing, but grand jurors later indicted him.

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8/9/2019 12:25:20 PM (GMT -5:00)

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