Region News: Alabama attorney dies after collapsing in courtroom

Region News: Alabama attorney dies after collapsing in courtroom

October 24th, 2017 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

Dead man was shot multiple times

TRACY CITY, TENN. — A Tracy City, Tenn., man whose remains were found Oct. 4 in a remote wooded area of Grundy County was shot at least four times, the county sheriff's office confirmed Monday.

Three bullets were recovered from the skull and one from the thoracic lumbar region of the back of 35-year-old Dylan Winton, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Winton was reported missing on March 13.

Sheriff Clint Shrum said the bullets have been sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for analysis.

Sheriff's lieutenant accused of threats

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee sheriff's deputy is on administrative leave after threatening to shoot his wife and her car mechanic, according to authorities.

News outlets reported that Derrick L. Gleaves, a lieutenant at the Davidson County Jail, was arrested Friday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. An affidavit said Gleaves confronted the mechanic, who was dropping off his wife's car where she worked, and accused him of having an affair with his wife. He then got a gun and threatened to shoot both his wife and the man, before leaving. The affidavit said Gleaves was still in full uniform. No injuries were reported.

Gleaves told WSMV-TV in a statement he wouldn't wish harm on the mechanic. Gleaves was convicted of assault with bodily injury in 2001.

Attorneys say prison plan inadequate, vague

MONTGOMERY, ALA. — Alabama's plan to improve correctional and mental health staffing in state prisons is vague and inadequate, attorneys for inmates told a federal judge last week. The attorneys for inmates criticized the state's proposal submitted to U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson.

"Commissioner Jefferson Dunn and Associate Commissioner Ruth Naglich appear not to recognize that they have been found to be running a correctional system that provides horrendously inadequate mental health care," wrote Maria Morris, an attorney representing the inmates.

Thompson ordered Alabama to overhaul conditions in June after finding that psychiatric care of state inmates is so "horrendously inadequate" that it violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. One of the inmates committed suicide days after testifying in federal court about his treatment in prison. Thompson ordered the state to submit a plan to address shortages of correctional and mental health staff. The Department of Corrections told the judge in a filing this month that it was increasing staff and conducting a comprehensive analysis to determine security staffing needs, and had begun some of those steps before Thompson's ruling.

Inmates' attorneys argued the state should have deadlines for increasing staff and benchmarks for caseloads or the plan "will remain nothing more than words." Thompson scheduled an Oct. 30 hearing on plaintiffs' request for additional information about the state's plan.

Attorney dies days after collapsing in courtroom

FLORENCE, ALA. — An Alabama attorney has died days after she collapsed in court while giving closing arguments in a murder trial.

The Times Daily reported 64-year-old Jean Darby died Saturday in a Florence hospital. People in the courtroom said Darby appeared to stumble Thursday. She caught herself on the jury box and collapsed.

Two other attorneys were appointed to represent her client, Alfonso Jarmon, and jurors convicted Jarmon on Friday. Sentencing is set for Dec. 6, and he faces up to life in prison in an April 2016 shooting death.

Darby started her law career as an assistant district attorney and later went into private practice, working mostly on criminal defense. Lauderdale District Attorney Chris Connolly said Darby was "a defender of the underdog," often representing people in difficult circumstances.