COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) - The husband of a suburban mom who lived a double life as an online exhibitionist has been indicted in her death. Court records show 44-year-old William Jeffrey West is charged with murder in the slaying of Kathleen Dawn West. The 42-year-old woman was found partially clothed and dead in the street outside their home in Calera, Alabama, in January. The indictment accuses West of killing the woman by hitting her with a bottle. A defense lawyer says West is innocent and will fight the charge.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama appeals court has overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a school teacher in 2011. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday reversed the death sentence that 29-year-old Jovon Dwayne Gaston received for his capital murder conviction in the killing of Calhoun County teacher Kevin Thompson. The court refused to overturn Gaston's conviction. But it says he deserves another sentencing hearing because of mistake made by the judge.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama high school coach accused of a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student has been indicted. AL.com reports March 9 indictments from a Jefferson County grand jury against 23-year-old Willyncia Joy Harper were made public Friday. The county sheriff's office says in a statement the volunteer assistant volleyball coach had sexual contact with the girl several times between October and December 2016.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say an Alabama woman is charged with drugging a 5-year-old boy before dropping him off at school. The Etowah County Sheriff's Department says 41-year-old Margaret Ann Elchin of Boaz was arrested on child abuse charge. Officials say the woman gave the child a pill that caused him to lose consciousness at times and have slurred speech. They say school workers noticed something was wrong and contacted authorities. Court records show Elchin doesn't have a lawyer to speak on her behalf.
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