Courtroom showdown looming in murder case

Jamie Townes (Source: Dothan City Jail)
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DOTHAN, AL. (WTVY) -- Depend on Jim Parkman to liven up a routine, and somewhat boring, court hearing. He didn't disappoint Wednesday in Dothan.

The flamboyant attorney accused the Houston County District Attorney's Office of hoarding evidence in the murder case against Jamie Townes. He is charged with shooting a woman last year.

Defense attorneys are entitled to all evidence prosecutors plan to use at trial. It's called discovery.

“Your honor, our representative has been to (the D.A.'s office) week after week trying to get (the evidence),” Parkman told Houston County Circuit Judge Todd Derrick.

District Attorney Pat Jones vehemently denies those claims, saying his office always complies with discovery orders like the one Derrick issued in the Townes case.

Ultimately, the two sides will work together to resolve the issue.

However, their heated exchange is likely a preview of what to expect when this case goes to trial, possibly in December.

Townes is charged with capital murder in the shooting of 23-year old Breunia Jennings in March 2018.

Police say when she stole Townes' car, he solicited help from community activist Reverend Kenneth Glasgow. He drove Townes around Dothan in search of that vehicle.

That led to the confrontation with Ms. Jennings.

Glasgow, whose case awaits grand jury action, is also charged with Capital Murder though Townes is the suspected trigger man.