Former Huntsville officer released from Limestone Correctional over 2 weeks after conviction overturned
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Former Huntsville Police Officer William “Ben” Darby has been released from Limestone Correctional Facility, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections Central Records division.
The release comes over two weeks after a criminal court of appeals overturned his previous murder conviction. According to court documents, Darby was released on a $20,000 bond.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Tim Gann said Darby’s case is back under the control of the Madison County District Attorney’s office.
The former officer was convicted of shooting and killing Jeffrey Parker, a suicidal man, during a standoff in 2018. Darby argued he was acting within police policy. The District Attorney and a jury disagreed. However, his conviction was overturned because the jury in the case had not received proper instruction before their deliberations.
Darby’s attorneys previously filed a motion to make sure their client has a chance to be free, before the start of the next trial. The state had 14 days to file an application for a rehearing but declined to do so.
One of Darby’s attorneys, Nick Lough, says it’s been a long two weeks waiting to see if state attorneys would challenge the appeal court’s ruling.
WAFF spoke with Darby’s wife shortly after his conviction was overturned:
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