Former schools employees enter ‘not guilty’ pleas

Published 5:04 pm Monday, March 10, 2014

Two former employees with the Chilton County Board of Education filed waivers of arraignment Monday morning in separate criminal cases.

Jennifer Collins McNeill, 40, of Thorsby, and Temika Winters, 37, of Clanton, both waived their arraignments.

In waiving their arraignments, the two pleaded not guilty and did not have their indictments against them read in open court.

Both have a plea day scheduled for April 8. McNeill’s plea hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. and Winters’ plea hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m.

Winters was indicted by a grand jury on 18 charges including first-degree theft, one count of ethics violations and 16 counts of possessing a forged instrument.

She was the former bookkeeper at the LeCroy Career Technical Center and allegedly stole nearly $50,000 from the school over an 18-month period, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office C.J. Robinson.

McNeill, a former Thorsby High School teacher, was indicted by a grand jury on six counts of rape in the second degree and two counts of second-degree sodomy.

McNeill is accused of having sex with a teenage boy who is between the ages of 12 and 16, according to court records.