Jacolby Conway Pitts

Jacolby Conway Pitts

A Hanceville man faces charges of manslaughter and reckless murder in connection with a traffic death that claimed the life of a Cullman resident in early August.

Jacolby Conway Pitts, 31, was indicted last week by a Cullman County Grand Jury on four separate criminal counts: manslaughter, reckless murder, reckless driving, and driving across the center line of the roadway.

Pitts was involved in an Aug. 1 accident on Day Gap Road (County Road 616) that killed 34 year-old Kristopher Lyn Griffin of Cullman. Pitts was not charged with a crime at the time of the accident, but a subsequent investigation led to his Nov. 6 indictment. The manslaughter charge accuses Pitts of driving under the influence of methamphetamine, and of driving in the lane of oncoming traffic at the time of the accident.

Pitts was arrested on Nov. 13 on the indictment charges and posted a $75,000 bond. In a separate arrest several weeks after the accident, Pitts was taken into custody after investigators with the Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) and the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office allegedly recovered more than half a pound of methamphetamine while executing a Sept. 18 search warrant at his home.

Pitts was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with his September arrest. After being booked into the Cullman County Detention Center, he posted a bond of $34,300.

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