Houston Co. Man Behind Bars After Ozark Murder Plot

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

A plot to kill area leaders in Ozark has put one man behind bars and leaves authorities looking for answers.

Courtroom cases, pleas and threats unfortunately seem to be the case at the Dale County Courthouse.

Dale Co. Courthouse Employee Rebecca Bensena said, "It's very common to have defendants’ or clients that come through the court system that are not satisfied with their disposition or the outcomes of their hearings and sometimes they do tend to react in a violent manner."

Bensena has been working at the county courthouse for about six years and is not surprised to hear about the attempted murder plot against Judge Quadulbaum, Attorney Buddy Williams and other community members.

Sheriff Wally Olson said “We have an investigation going on with multiple agencies in reference to a conspiracy to commit murder for hire involving one of our circuit judges and our local attorneys and a couple private citizens."

Sheriff Olson says 35-year-old Andrew Garner was arrested Tuesday for conspiracy to commit murder.

Not much is being said about the case as it is still under investigation.

However, Olson says Garner is not the only individual involved in the plot and authorities are working to arrest others. "We have law enforcement officers that are threatened on a daily basis, but every threat you take serious and we have to provide safety to the public and that's what we're going to do," he said.

Olson says there is no word on how many others will be arrested in connection to the plot, but are working closely with other agencies to close the case.

As for Bensena, she says she is confident authorities will continue to keep her and her fellow employees safe.

Olson says Garner has a criminal history.

He is currently in the Dale County Jail without bond; however, he does have a bond hearing set for Tuesday.

Olson says Garner has had little criminal history; however, if convicted, he could face 10 years to life.


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  • by RANDY TURNER Location: ELBA on Feb 9, 2008 at 05:26 AM
    ANOTHER JUDGE AND ANOTHER LAWYER CAUGHT SHAFTING SOMEBODY AGAIN . ANYBODY WHO THINKS JUDGES AND LAWYERS FOLLOW THE LAW SHOULD HAVE ALL THE COURT PAPERS IN THIS CASE NOTORIZED BY THE STATE BAR AND JUDICIAL INQUIRY.
  • by anonymous Location: dothan on Feb 8, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    I agree also that idiot judge caused Ricky Smith to go insane making him pay more than he even made even after all the public outcries nothing was done to them, as we can see the good old boy system still is alive and well. Please someone with the bar and other powers that be stand up and say enough and remove these crooked people from our judicial system
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: WIREGRASS on Feb 8, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    I TOTALLY AGREE, SAME JUDGE TOO, DON'T WE THINK SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    I would want to apolagize for the above comment. It doesn't matter if they are doing their job or not, what matters is that someone was plotting to KILL and that is against the law. We should look above all of the ignorance of supporting such a crime and focus on the fact that the law enforcement is taking this seriously and protecting the citizens of Dale County. Thank you Mr. Olson!
  • by Anonymous Location: Wiregrass on Feb 7, 2008 at 09:30 PM
    I don't condone the murder conspiracy, however, maybe Buddy and Judge Quattlebaum will finally realize they aren't God and quit trying to act and play as such. Their histories of handing down ridiculous rulings in divorces, namely, alimony amounts, should be investigated post haste. I'm a woman and have had seen too many good men get victimized by their "system". People always should matter and come first before money and buddies. I feel for Mr. Garner. I don't even have to know his particular personal facts of his case to know what he went through. Can you say Ricky Smith?
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