FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) - Trial is scheduled to start April 14 in Fort Payne for former Alabama Senate leader Lowell Barron. A prosecutor says he plans to show that Barron improperly gave $58,000 in campaign funds to campaign aide Rhonda Jill Johnson to help her pay a debt. However, defense attorney Joe Espy says Johnson earned the money and there is nothing wrong with using a paycheck to cover debts.
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) - A former children's minister in Muscle Shoals has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a child at the church where he worked for years. Jeffrey Dale Eddie pleaded guilty yesterday to 20 counts of sodomy, child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Dothan police say a 46-year-old man is charged with killing his ex-wife just days after their divorce became final. Willie Charles Toney is charged with capital murder in the death of 39-year-old Rebecca Jackson.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say tests show a Tuscaloosa man used strychnine to kill himself in court after being convicted of child sexual abuse. State investigators ruled that 42-year-old William Thomas Moore Jr. committed suicide in August.
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