Grand jury issues 178 indictments

Published 3:16 pm Monday, February 1, 2016

The Chilton County grand jury issued 178 indictments during its recent session and delivered the following report to Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds.

“To the honorable Sibley G. Reynolds, circuit judge:

After having been impaneled and receiving instructions from the court, we proceeded to investigate all matters that came before us, and we herewith submit the following report:

During our deliberations, we heard 254 cases and are returning 178 true bills.

The law enforcement officers who presented cases were professional and well prepared. We deeply appreciate their devotion to duty, their hard work, and courage in risking their lives to protect us all.

We toured the Chilton County Jail and found it to be in good working order. We also had the opportunity to observe the Chilton County Courthouse.

We note that the judicial space is inadequate for all the court’s business. We recommend that the Chilton County Commission add much needed court, office, and storage space. We request that the commission also consider the construction of a new Judicial Complex.

We reviewed the Examiners of Public Accounts audits on the Sheriff’s Office. We found no indictable offenses.

Now having complied with your Honor’s instructions to the best of our ability, we request that we be recessed until such time as it may be necessary to have us reconvene.”

Jan. 29, 2016.

The grand jury in Chilton County meets twice each year including a session in January or February and August.

The August 2015 grand jury issued 159 indictments, 19 cases less than the cases indicted this January.