MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to make a black judge quit the case of a white police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man. The justices without comment Friday turned down a request from officer Aaron Cody Smith of the Montgomery Police Department. Smith is charged in the 2016 death of Greg Gunn. Defense attorneys sought a new judge based on social media posts of Circuit Judge Greg Griffin, who wrote about being stopped by police because he is black.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has canceled a Monday hearing on an Alabama inmate's aborted execution. Chief Judge Karon O Bowdre issued the decision Friday, but kept in place a directive to the state of Alabama to preserve records about the attempted execution of Doyle Lee Hamm. State officials announced at 11:30 p.m. Thursday that they were cancelling the execution because medical staff said they didn't think they could obtain "appropriate venous access" before the execution warrant expired at midnight.
CALERA, Ala. (AP) - A court document shows police believe a man used a liquor bottle to kill his exhibitionist wife, who was found dead from a head wound outside their suburban home. A complaint released Friday alleges 42-year-old Kathleen Dawn West was killed with a bottle of Lucid absinthe in January.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police say a bystander was killed after gunfire erupted in a Birmingham neighborhood. The victim was in his 50s but has not been publicly identified.
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