Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals

Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Murder Conviction for Man Sentenced to 139 Years

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the reckless murder conviction of Ladarius Orlando Laffitte, 30. Laffitte also was charged with two counts of first degree assault. The reckless murder conviction on September 25, 2019 was for the death of Ashley Perkins. Due to Perkins’ parents (Richard Smith and Terri Dawkins) being injured, Lafitte was charged with two counts…

Alabama County’s DA Urges New Trial for Death Row Inmate

Toforest Johnson Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A district attorney in Jefferson County says a black man who has spent two decades on death row should get a new trial amid questions about the fairness of his 1998 murder conviction. District Attorney Danny Carr on Friday filed a brief supporting a new trial for Toforest Johnson…

State Supreme Court to Review Hubbard conviction

The Alabama Supreme Court will review former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction. Defense attorney Bill Baxley said Monday that the Supreme Court granted review on one matter that he considered the “catch-all issue” in the case. Baxley said that was whether the law is clear and if Hubbard’s behavior constituted a violation. Hubbard was one of the state’s most…

Murder Conviction Upheld For Man Jailed Years Without Trial

An appellate court has upheld the murder conviction of a man who spent a decade in jail before going to trial. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Tuesday that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld Kharon Davis’ murder conviction. A jury last year found Davis guilty of murder in the 2007 shooting death of Pete Reaves. Davis was…

Alabama Court Denies Rehearing Request for Ex House Speaker

Mike Hubbard takes the stand Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard Trial on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/PoolThe Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals will not reverse its decision upholding the ethics conviction of former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard. The court on Friday denied Hubbard’s request for a rehearing. The court last month had affirmed…

Two Years Ago Today…Mike Hubbard Convicted.

He's still free on bond.

It was on June 10th of 2016 that a jury convicted the Republican Speaker of 12 of the counts against him, primarily using his elected position for his personal economic benefit. Hubbard called the investigation and prosecution a witch hunt and said he was innocent. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but has been free on bond as…

Former Speaker Hubbard Begins Appeal of Ethics Conviction

Mike Hubbard takes the stand Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard Trial on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/PoolFormer Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard is appealing the ethics conviction that removed him from office. Hubbard’s lawyers filed the notice of appeal Wednesday with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. The appeal comes after the trial judge…

State Court of Appeals Uphold Andalusia Man’s Murder Conviction

Attorney General Luther Strange announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the felony murder conviction of Eugene Wallace Black. Black, 55, of Andalusia, was convicted in August of 2015 for the murder of James “Nibby” Barton. Evidence was presented at trial showing that on the morning of May 2, 1994, Black and others discussed their need for…