Coosa County Asst. D.A., lawyer arrested

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - An assistant district attorney and lawyer have been arrested on charges of extortion, bribery, and ethics violations.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King, in a statement Thursday afternoon to FOX6 News, said Frank Selman Teel, an assistant district attorney from Coosa County, and Frank Wayne Bailey, an attorney from Gadsden, were arrested Wednesday night on the felony charges. King said the two are accused of using the threat of indictment to force the settlement of a civil lawsuit for millions of dollars and, alternatively, offering to try to keep the man from being charged if he did pay the money.

King said his agents and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested the two men late Wednesday night after the two men accepted a check for $1 million.  

Teel, 59, of Sylacauga, is an assistant district attorney in Coosa County who also practices private law in Rockford.  Teel and Bailey, 58, were handling a civil lawsuit against a man who could face capital murder charges.  

Teel is charged with:
•    One count of second-degree extortion, a class C felony, in that between March 24, 2010, and May 19, 2010, he used threats to obtain $1 million belonging to Carl Weaver and or Jay Stover, by either threatening to cause an official action or to withhold an official action;
•    One count of bribery or accepting a bribe, a class C felony, in that between March 24, 2010, and May 19, 2010, as a public servant in his capacity as assistant district attorney, he solicited or agreed to accept $5 million to corruptly influence his official action, by using his position to prevent the indictment of Carl Weaver; and
•    One count of intentional use of his public position as assistant district attorney for unlawful personal gain in violation of the state ethics law, a class B felony.

Bailey is charged with:
•    One count of second-degree extortion, a class C felony, in that between March 24, 2010, and May 19, 2010, he aided and abetted Teel in using threats to obtain $1 million belonging to Carl Weaver and or Jay Stover, by either threatening to either cause an official action or to withhold an official action;
•    One count of bribery or accepting a bribe, a class C felony, in that between March 24, 2010, and May 19, 2010, he aided and abetted Teel in soliciting or agreeing to accept $5 million for the corrupt influence of Teel's official action to prevent the indictment of Carl Weaver; and
•    One count of aiding and abetting Teel in the intentional use of Teel's public position as assistant district attorney for unlawful personal gain in violation of the state ethics law, a class B felony.

Both men were being held Thursday in the Etowah County Jail with bond totaling $10,000 for each defendant.

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