Man charged with murder of TPD officer Cousette now charged with bribery of a public official

New charge for man charged with TPD Officer Cousette's murder

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Luther Bernard Watkins is being held on capital murder charges in the 2019 death of Tuscaloosa Police Officer Dornell Cousette.

A corrections officer at the Tuscaloosa County Jail accused Watkins of trying to bribe him with $700.

Deputy Chief Loyd Baker says Watkins handed the deputy a folded note that said Watkins was offering him $700 to “bring him some paper.” Police believe Watkins meant paper soaked in drugs to smoke.

“We believe that to be paper soaked in narcotics. Cause if you want a piece of paper, we’ll give a piece of paper. You’re not going to have to pay $700 for a piece of paper in the jail,” Baker said.

He’s been charged with bribery of a public official, which is a class C felony.

Watkins could now be placed in a disciplinary dorm. It’s not clear if that’s happened yet.

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