Cullman County Courthouse

American flags are seen at the Cullman County Courthouse.

Though some will likely end in plea agreements or be rolled to a future trial date, several major criminal cases will be on the docket when the Cullman County Circuit Court begins seating juries later this month.

Circuit court trials are slated to begin on Dec. 16. Among the docket’s major cases is the retrial of a Bremen man for assault. He was previously acquitted by a jury on a related attempted murder charge. 

Jack Harold Wilson, 74, faces a first degree assault charge in relation to a 2015 shooting which injured John Bentley, his neighbor, over a property dispute. A jury acquitted Wilson of an attempted murder charge in 2017, but could not reach a verdict on the related assault charge. A charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as first degree unlawful possession of marijuana, were dismissed during the 2017 proceedings.

Wilson is slated to be tried in the court of Circuit Judge Martha Williams.

In the court of Circuit Judge Greg Nicholas, a Russellville man accused of first degree sodomy and a pair of related charges is set to face trial, stemming from a 2016 indictment accusing him of illegally engaging a minor in sexual activity.

Jason Allen McCurry, 41, faces a single count each of first degree sodomy, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and illegal enticement of a minor. Because of the alleged victim’s age, most of the details relating to the case are legally redacted from public view.

Other major cases set for the Dec 16 docket include:

• Jason Dewayne Crawford, 40, faces a single count of murder following his May 2018 indictment, which accuses him of intentionally causing the May 2017 death of Tiffeney Joy Crawford by shooting her twice with a handgun. Crawford, whose case has been continued from previous trial dockets, pleaded not guilty shortly after his indictment. Crawford’s case is set on Judge Williams’ trial docket.

• Joshua Dewayne Aker, 39, faces a series of charges related to alleged sexual abuse and chemical endangerment of a minor. Arrested in May of 2017 and indicted on July 20 of that same year, Aker faces five charges: First degree sodomy (a class A felony), first degree rape (a class A felony), chemical endangerment of a child, second degree rape and second degree sodomy.  Aker’s case is set on Judge Nicholas’ trial docket.

• Joshua Gerald Lott, 29, faces a charge of first degree kidnapping and first degree robbery following his indictment in May of this year. The indictment accuses Lott of abducting the alleged victim, Christopher Daniel Shane Lubert, “with the intent to accomplish or aid the commission of a robbery, a felony, or flight therefrom.” Lott, whose case appears on Judge Nicholas’ docket, pleaded not guilty in June of this year.

• Haven Andree McNeil, 42, faces a manslaughter charge stemming from his July 2017 indictment, which alleges he “recklessly cause[d] the death of James Lee Sanson by causing acceleration/deceleration head trauma.” Sanson died in May of 2016 at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham after being taken to the hospital by caregivers with injuries related to head trauma. McNeil, whose case appears on Judge Nicholas’ trial docket, pleaded not guilty in October of 2017.

• Kayla Sherea Thursby, 33, faces a count of murder and a count of first degree theft of property stemming from her May 2018 indictment. A grand jury accused Thursby of intentionally causing the death of alleged victim Leslie Anne Clements “by choking her and/or placing a double wrapped plastic bag around her neck with an electrical cord,” and of stealing Clements’ 1994 Volvo. Thursby pleaded not guilty shortly after she was indicted; her case appears on Judge Nicholas’ trial docket.

• Kenneth Loyd Woods, 52, faces five counts in Judge Nicholas’ court related to human trafficking and sexual abuse of a minor. Woods was indicted in October of 2017 on five charges: Two separate counts of first degree human trafficking, second degree sexual abuse, enticing a child for immoral purposes and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance to a minor.  Woods pleaded not guilty shortly after he was indicted.

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