Huntsville City Councilman turns himself in on 4 new theft of property warrants

WAFF's Megan Plotka reporting
Published: Feb. 7, 2023 at 4:33 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2023 at 5:55 AM CST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A Huntsville City Councilman was booked by Madison County deputies for a second time this week after a recent arrest at a Huntsville Walmart.

Four new arrest warrants were issued for Devyn Keith, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Keith turned himself in early on Wednesday morning. The councilman bonded out after about 45 minutes behind bars.

MCSO spokesperson Brent Patterson said the warrants are all for theft of property stemming from different incidents.

Patterson said the sheriff’s office is only involved to avoid a conflict of interest with the city of Huntsville and the Huntsville Police Department.

Patterson said the warrants were requested by Walmart on Monday through the county magistrate’s office.

The City of Huntsville Office of the City Attorney has provided the following statement in regard to moving Keith’s case from Muncipal Court to the District Attorney’s office:

“The prosecution of the case is now being handled by the Madison County District Court, thereby eliminating any perception of, or potential for, conflict of interest.

As Devyn Keith is a member of the Huntsville City Council, and as the City Council is directly involved with many aspects of Huntsville’s Municipal Court operations, the Municipal Judges and prosecutorial staff of the City Attorney’s office elected to recuse themselves from the case.

On Monday, Feb. 6, the City Attorney filed a motion to ‘nolle prosequi without prejudice’ in the one criminal case which had been filed in Municipal Court. This motion was not a dismissal of the criminal charge pending against Mr. Keith, but a necessary procedural step to facilitate the transfer of the prosecution of the criminal charge from the Municipal Court to Madison County District Court. This jurisdictional transfer will assure that the Municipal Court and the prosecutorial staff of the City Attorney’s office remain neutral and detached from Mr. Keith’s case.”

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