25th Judicial Circuit

Slatton hires Hulsey for investigator vacancy

25th Judicial District Attorney Scott Slatton (left) and Investigator Rusty Hulsey are seen here outside the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Tuesday, July 23.

HAMILTON - 25th Judicial District Attorney Scott Slatton has announced that the chief investigator position left vacant since 2016 has now been filled.
Lt. Rusty Hulsey, formerly the chief investigator at the Winfield Police Department, has been hired to fill the position.
The position has been vacant since 2016 when Gov. Kay Ivey appointed the former 25th Judicial chief investigator Tommy Moore as sheriff of Winston County.
Slatton said having no chief investigator in his office has hindered his ability to investigate cases.


Mitchell’s charges dismissed

HAMILTON - Rape and sodomy charges have been dismissed for a Hamilton man.
On Thursday, June 3, 25th Judicial Circuit Judge Lee Carter dismissed charges  against 21-year-old Denzel Mitchell, who had been accused of rape and sodomy.
 Those charges were dismissed following a hand- written letter filed in court in March by the alleged victim, who wrote on a piece of notebook paper, “I do not want to pursue the case.”
The girl who pressed charges against Mitchell will remain unnamed as she was under the age of 18 when the incident occurred.

Judge rules mistrial in Cantrell case

DOUBLE SPRINGS - A Hamilton native’s trial has been dismissed due to misconduct by prosecutors, according to Winston County court records.
 On Thursday, Feb. 21, in 25th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lee Carter granted a mistrial motion and dismissed with prejudice the case of the State of Alabama v. Jarod Chase Cantrell.
The state has a right to appeal this decision.


Cochran indicted on capital murder

Marion County District Attorney Scott Slatton, 25th Circuit Court Judge Daryl Burt, Cochran, and defense attorneys Jared Arnold and Jim Standridge, watch security camera footage during a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 14 in the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton. The video shows a shooting that took place behind the Hamilton Police Department (HPD) on Dec. 25, 2018. Seated in the witness stand is HPD investigator Scotty Chandler. Cochran is charged in the shooting death of Lorenzo Garcia, who was shot and killed outside the rear entrance to the HPD during a child-custody exchange on Christmas Day 2018.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Grand   Jury handed down an  indictment for capital murder against Christopher Andrew Cochran at the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Wednesday, Jan 16.
Cochran was charged with the crime after  he allegedly shot and killed Lorenzo Garcia during a child custody exchange behind the Hamilton Police Department on Dec. 25, 2018.
25th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Slatton said Cochran will be arraigned and informed of the charges the grand jury handed down.