WINSTON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Two former Winston County deputies who say the sheriff asked them to get marijuana for his aunt who has cancer are now suing for wrongful termination.
No charges have been filed in the case, but the investigation includes the state attorney general's office and the FBI.
The two former deputies believe they were fired because they didn't follow orders from Sheriff Hobby Walker. They're now suing the sheriff and the county, hoping to get their jobs back and end what they call corruption in Winston County.
Former sheriff's deputies Zak Green and Steven Moody said they were dumbfounded when Sheriff Hobby Walker asked them multiple times to get him marijuana. According to their lawsuit, this began on May 20, 2015 after Green confiscated marijuana.
"I showed it to him and he slid it across the desk and put it in a drawer and told me, 'Thank you,' and I said, 'No sir, I've got to have it for court.' Then he proceeded to tell me, he said, 'Well I need you to get me some.' I said, 'Like make more cases?' and he said, 'No, I need you to get me some, I've got somebody that needs it that's sick,'" Green said.
Green said on Aug. 19, 2015 he and Moody recorded Sheriff Walker asking them for marijuana. An audio transcript of their conversation is below:
Zak Green: Supposed to be a big marijuana grow house in Arley. I don't know where at.
Sheriff Hobby Walker: I need a little bit of dope, OK? I've been trying to get one ever since I've been in office and this has been going on eight months. The woman's gonna die before I you know?
Steven Moody: Yes, sir.
Zak Green: I understand. And every time we've come across one it just seems…
Sheriff Hobby Walker: We've got some on that eradication. All you gotta do is peel a little off.
Green and Moody said at this point they went to the local district attorney's office and they contacted ALEA and the states attorney general's office.
According to Green, at the request of an outside agency, they confiscated marijuana from a rural field area in Winston County. They documented everything and during a meeting on Sept. 23, they recorded video showing them handing over marijuana to Sheriff Walker.
Green and Moody don't know what the sheriff did with it.
WBRC Reporter Clare Huddleston confronted the sheriff about these allegations on Monday, Jan. 25.
Clare Huddleston: Did you ask them to get marijuana out of the evidence room?
Sheriff Walker: I'd rather you talk to my attorney about all this because if it goes to court or anything you know how that is.
So far no criminal charges have been filed against the sheriff and this hasn't gone to court.
On Nov. 30, Green and Moody were fired, leaving them struggling to provide for their families and in disbelief that this happened.
"It's kind of embarrassing and it was very shocking at the same time. It was embarrassing for him to think I would stoop low enough to create a criminal act because of my position and then from there just dumbfounded to think a new sheriff was just testing his employee. What a way to test somebody," Moody said.
The attorney general's office had no comment on the case.
WBRC called Sheriff Walker's attorney, who has not called us back as of Tuesday evening.
The Winston County commission is also named in lawsuit. WBRC spoke with the chair of the commission, Roger Hayes, and he referred us to their attorney. We called their attorney and left a message but haven't heard back from them yet.
We have called the Alabama Republican Party, but have not heard back from them as of Tuesday.
We've also reached out to ALEA to see if they are investigating any criminal charges. Senior Trooper Johnathan Appling issued the following statement:
"Consistent with Agency policy, ALEA's State Bureau of Investigation does not discuss possible criminal investigations or special inquiries."
Read the lawsuit here: