timberland heritage driver Colbert attorney Billy Underwood indicted
Underwood is being represented by Brent Woodall, of Montgomery, and William Hovater, of Tuscumbia. According to a statement released by the attorneys, Underwood was charged with attempting to bribe a prospective juror in a civil case.
The case, according to the statement, never went to the courthouse,
and a jury was never empaneled. Officials said the case is still pending.
“Mr. Hovater and I are proud to represent Mr. Underwood on a case that I am very surprised has been brought,” Woodall said. “Mr. Underwood is alleged to have attempted to influence a juror in a case in which he was not an attorney in, nor would have received a fee.”
According to officials with the attorney general’s office, the case was presented to a grand jury after an investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence to a Colbert County grand jury.
The indictment charges Underwood with “offering, conferring or agreeing to confer any pecuniary benefit upon a juror with the intent that the juror’s vote, opinion, decision or other action as a juror will thereby be corruptly influenced in Colbert County.”
“Our jury system is the cornerstone to the justice system in our country,
” Marshall said in making the announcement of Underwood’s indictment and arrest. “My office will always work diligently to ensure that our citizens can be confident that justice will prevail when they go into a courtroom in our state.”