Lowell Barron to Focus on Being Granddad after Criminal Charges Formally DroppedMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Aug 26 2014 12:06 PM
FORT PAYNE, Alabama – The criminal case against former state Sen. Lowell Barron and a longtime campaign worker is now officially over.
DeKalb County Circuit Judge Randall Cole granted a motion filed Monday by prosecutors to drop the charges made in an April 2013 indictment.
The ruling from Cole today was expected to drop the charges against Barron and Rhonda Jill Johnson of Scottsboro.
"Thank you for every prayer, call and visit I have received from so many," Barron said in a statement released following Cole's ruling. "I'm grateful to the court system of Alabama and for the judicial process, which has restored my good name and put an end to this case.
"Now I'm going to get back to doing what I do best these days -- spending time with my grandchildren."
The Alabama Attorney General's office, which sought and received the six-count indictment against Barron from a DeKalb County grand jury last year, asked the trial judge to drop the charges following a series of setbacks in appeals courts.
The AG's office asked both the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court to overturn three pre-trial rulings made by Cole. Both higher courts upheld Cole's rulings.