Feds to Resume Criminal Court Trials in Dothan

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Federal criminal court trials will return to Alabama's Wiregrass Region in January.

Criminal trials in U.S. district court ended in Dothan almost 15 years ago because of security concerns and a lack of facilities to house defendants.

The change, announced recently by U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, includes civil cases for defendants who live in a five-county area of southeast Alabama.

Jesse Seroyer, the U.S. Marshal for the Middle of Alabama, said a contract was signed to house federal prisoners at Dothan City Jail.

He also said if the need arises, the government has the option of moving a trial to Montgomery.

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