How A Alabama Cop Went From Cleared For Murder To Indicted For MurderRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 12 2018 9:45 AM
An Alabama police officer went from cleared by his department to indicted for murder in the fatal shooting of Jeffrey Louis Parker, a mentally ill man.
Now the public is faced with competing narratives and little to no evidence about the case.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Police Chief Mark McMurray say Officer William Darby did nothing wrong and isn't a murderer.
On the other hand, Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard was "gravely concerned" about Darby's actions and took the case to a grand jury. At least 12 of the 18 grand jurors agreed with the DA and issued an indictment for murder.
"We have a different opinion than the district attorney has," said Mayor Tommy Battle after Thursday night's city council meeting. The council -- at the mayor's urging -- voted to pay thousands of dollars for Darby's defense using taxpayer money. Four of the five city council members say they haven't seen body camera footage of the shooting, and Council President Mark Russell didn't return a call for comment. The city has refused to release the videos to the public.