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Gov. Bentley releases statement after jury declines to charge former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier

Gov. Robert Bentley in Brent on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Source: WBRC video) Gov. Robert Bentley in Brent on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Source: WBRC video)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) -

Governor Robert Bentley has responded to the news that a special grand jury has declined to charge former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier following an investigation by the Alabama Attorney General's Office.

“Based on concerns presented to me by a member of the Alabama Senate and information that was given to the then Acting Secretary of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Stan Stabler, when he assumed his position, I felt a new direction in our state law enforcement agency was needed. The information obtained by the ALEA integrity unit was gathered and presented to the Attorney General’s office and a determination has been made.  I am very satisfied with the new direction of ALEA and its leader Secretary Stan Stabler.”

Governor Robert Bentley fired Collier in March, stating an internal investigation by ALEA indicated possible "misuse of state funds."

According to the attorney general, a Montgomery County special grand jury declined to press charges based on lack of evidence.

"In the course of the investigation, no witness provided credible evidence of criminal “misuse of state funds.” No witness provided credible evidence of any other criminal violation on the part of former Secretary Collier. Finally, no witness established a credible basis for the initiation of a criminal inquiry in the first place," Strange stated.

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