Alabama News Roundup June 10

By: AP
By: AP

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities are warning drivers in Mobile County to be careful because severe flooding has washed out some roads or made them impassible.
Mobile County Public Works officials say that if drivers can't see the roadway because of pooling water they should take alternative routes. Roadways may be washed away under the water or the roadway may be obstructed by debris.
Public works officials are asking residents to stay off the roads, if possible, until a thorough assessment of conditions can be made.
Crews are checking the roads throughout the county and will update conditions through the day.

SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say a man charged in the deaths of 9-year-old twins and their 73-year-old baby sitter has been taken into custody.
Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says that 22-year-old Deandra Marquis Lee was caught in Selma Saturday morning. Jackson says the arrest came after authorities got a tip called in to a tip line set up by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Lee is wanted in the slayings of twins Jordan Dejerinett and his sister Taylor, plus 73-year-old Jack Mac Girdner. Authorities say Girdner was a retired anesthesiologist who sometimes babysat the children.
The bodies of all three were found Tuesday in rural Lowndes County. Police say they were shot.
The search for Lee was concentrated in Dallas County, where he was acquitted in a double murder last year.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A crisis counseling service launched to help Alabama residents cope with the deadly 2011 tornado outbreak is set to close by the end of the month.
The Birmingham News reports that the June 25 closure is not a surprise since Project Rebound only had federal funding through this month.
But program director Lisa Turley says it also attests to the resiliency of the citizens of Alabama. She says officials had expected to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for funds to extend the service another three to six months.
The April 27, 2011 storms killed at least 248 people and wrecked more than 23,000 homes. Turley says ongoing frustration and anxiety are likely. But she says the number of people who required more intense help has been pretty small.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- An upcoming case will test an Alabama law that allows a person suspected of killing a pregnant woman to be charged with two murders if the fetus also dies.
Jesse Phillips is charged with capital murder in the February 2009 shooting death of his pregnant wife, Erica Carmen Phillips. Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall says Phillips was charged based on a law adopted by the Legislature in 2006 that allows a person to be charged with capital murder in the death of a fetus.
Marshall said he believes this is the first trial of a person charged based on the new act. It was named Brody's Law because of the 2005 shooting death in Albertville of Brandy Parker and her unborn son, who was named Brody.

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say a 13-year-old north Alabama boy charged in the fatal shooting of another boy will remain in custody.
Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May tells the TimesDaily the boy was ordered to stay in custody following a hearing Friday. The boy was arrested and charged with murder Thursday in the June 3 shooting death of 13-year-old Dylan Milam.
Authorities can't release his name because of his age.
Authorities say the victim had been at the other boy's house shooting targets and playing pool.
The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville ruled the death a homicide based on preliminary autopsy results.
State law says anyone younger than 14 can't be certified as an adult. If the boy is convicted, the maximum sentence would be until he is 21.

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