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State Rep. Will Dismukes reacts after indictment on theft charges

Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes has been indicted by a Montgomery grand jury on theft of property...
Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes has been indicted by a Montgomery grand jury on theft of property charges.(Ala. Statehouse/WSFA)
Published: Jun. 25, 2021 at 2:06 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2021 at 4:29 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama state Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Prattville, has been indicted by a Montgomery grand jury. According to court records, he was indicted on Tuesday for theft of property first-degree, a Class B felony.

“We feel really good moving forward and we know my innocence will come to light in the trial,” Dismukes has since told WSFA 12 News. “I will not be resigning from my House seat because I have done nothing wrong.”

The indictment says Dismukes is accused of stealing over $2,500 from his former employer, Weiss Commercial Flooring Inc., over two years. The report says Dismukes took flooring materials and other construction materials from the business.

Weiss Commercial Flooring Inc. is located in East Montgomery.

According to Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey, the reported theft occurred between June 2016 and January 2018, before Dismukes ran for public office. A complaint was filed against Dismukes in May 2020, launching the investigation that led to the subsequent theft charge.

In August 2020, the DA’s office issued a warrant for Dismukes’ arrest. He later turned himself in to authorities.

Additional details about the reported theft have not been released.

While the indictment is not related to Dismuke’s public office, he has courted political controversy in the past that prompted demands by some for his resignation.

He made headlines in July of 2020 after attending a celebration for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a leader in the Confederate Army and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Dismukes was first elected in 2018. However, should he be convicted of a felony, state law would automatically remove him from office.

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