The murder trial of Roy Thomas “Tommy” Smith, 46, of Gadsden for allegedly killing his wife Carla Parton Smith, 44, also of Gadsden began Tuesday. Smith was indicted for capital murder on June 21, 2011, after her body was discovered on November 1, 2010. Etowah County authorities allege that Smith killed his wife and hid her body in the trunk of her blue Jaguar on Pump Station Road. The prosecution asserts that Smith killed his wife because of a pending divorce and he stood to lose many rental properties and assets the couple had spent 16 years of marriage acquiring. Testimony continues today.
Charles Lee Harrell, 40, of Anniston, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, a felony after he allegedly assaulted a teenager Sunday morning. Anniston police report the assault occurred in a residence on Christine Avenue between 9am and 9:30am. Harrell was arrested at 10:30am in his apartment on Christine Avenue. Harrell is in the Anniston City Jail on a $10,500 bond and has a court date of April 10th.
David Anthony Williams, 20, of Anniston, was arrested by Anniston police on a second-degree assault charge, a felony, after allegedly assaulting a 29-year-old male late Sunday night. The assault was reported to have taken place in a home on Mimosa Drive. Williams was released from the Calhoun County Jail on a $2,500 bond Monday and must appear in court on April 10th.
An unidentified teenager from Gadsden reported that he was robbed at gunpoint Sunday after being forced to drive his assailant to another location. According to Gadsden police, the victim was in Walmart, East Gadsden when approached by a man asking for a ride. He refused, but when he returned to his car, the man got in, showed a gun and told him to drive to Slusser Avenue, where he took $20 and left, saying he was going to buy some bullets to kill someone. After the man went around the corner, the teenager drove off. Gadsden police are investigating.
An Alabama House committee Tuesday approved a substitute bill that would ban lawmakers from serving as lobbyists for at least two years after leaving office; the so-called "revolving door ban.” The measure replaces a heavily amended bill by Senate Pro Tem, Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and restores the bill to how Marsh had intended it. Early in the session, Senate Democrats amended the ban to include reforms that some lawmakers said were too restrictive to be practical and endangered its passage.
Lieutenant Colonel Carl Harrison was recognized Tuesday by the Etowah County Commission for his service to the youth of the county, and will be honored today in Montgomery as the Alabama Community Education Program’s state Volunteer of the Year. Harrison is beginning his 30th year of service in Gadsden as adviser and coordinator of Junior ROTC. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army, including two tours of duty in Vietnam and retired from the Army in 1977.
Attendance at Auburn Arena has dropped 6.9% from last year to an average of 5,823 fans, the second-lowest average in the 14-team SEC. The attendance for Auburn's 18 home games this year is the lowest in Auburn Arena's four-year history.
Former Auburn running back Tre Mason has been nominated for the Amateur Athletic Union's Sullivan Award, which goes to the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete. Nineteen people have been nominated for the award; fans can vote on the winner at www.AAUsports.org.
More 10 second rule controversy. Oklahoma assistant coach Cale Gundy, tweeted: "Looks like someone came up short again. You better take that SEC country somewhere else. Let's Play Faster. #Boomer” Within an hour, Gundy deleted the tweet and apologized.