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Court records: Assistant D.A. wanted $5 million to prevent murder indictment

By Jeremy Gray -- The Birmingham News

May 20, 2010, 8:01PM

teel.jpgAssistant D.A. Frank Selman Teel (Special to The News)The assistant district attorney for Coosa County and a Gadsden attorney were arrested Wednesday night on charges they used the threat of a capital murder indictment in a 1995 double homicide to extort $5 million.

Assistant D.A. Frank Selman Teel and lawyer Frank Wayne Bailey are charged with extortion, bribery and ethics violations, according to a statement from the state attorney general's office.

The men were arrested at the law office of attorney Jay Stover around 5 p.m., according to authorities.

Stover was hired by another victim, Carl Weaver, who believed he was the target of an extortion scheme.

The Gadsden Times reported Bailey, 58, represented a third man who survived the 1995 incident, Roger Darrell Firestone, of Hokes Bluff, in a potential lawsuit. Teel, 59, of Sylacauga was associated with the case.

"That was the source of their bargaining," Chris Bence, spokesman for Attorney General Troy King, told The Birmingham News.

Charles Thomas Amberson Jr., 41, and Darrell Thomas Coleman, 39, both of Gadsden, died after suffering severe burns in a fire and explosion on May 16, 1995, in the Unity community, the Times reported.

Teel and Bailey were arrested in a joint effort by King's office, the Etowah County Sheriff's and District Attorney's Offices, and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Bence said.

bailey.jpgFrank Wayne Bailey (Special to The News)

"The arrests were not a culmination, but a step in the process," Bence said. "Further actions and further charges could be coming."

Alabama Department of Public Safety Col. Chris Murphy said the investigation continues.

"We've been working on it for some time," Murphy said. "It wasn't based on just one piece of evidence."

According to warrants provided by the attorney general's office, the extortion scheme began March 24, when Teel, aided by Bailey, tried to get Weaver to write a $1 million check.

Other court documents state Teel agreed to accept a $5 million check in exchange for using "his position to prevent the indictment of Carl Weaver."

Teel was being held Thursday at the Etowah County Jail on bonds totaling $10,000; Bailey on bonds totaling $11,000.  

Teel is charged with second-degree extortion, accepting a bribe, and intentional use of his public position for unlawful personal gain.

Bailey is charged with second-degree extortion, accepting a bribe, aiding and abetting Teel in the intentional misuse of Teel's public position, and carrying a concealed pistol without a permit, according to the Etowah County Jail log.

"It's unfortunate. You hate to see folks alleged to be involved in anything unethical," Murphy said.


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Posted by CRIMEBOS45
May 20, 2010, 8:10PM

They are some RED fellers.

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Posted by youngelf
May 20, 2010, 10:33PM

You can look at those 2 hayseed bumpkins and tell they're not smart enough to pull something like that off. Just a couple of stupid guys who happen to have law degrees. They're common fools, nothing more.

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Posted by jct1963
May 20, 2010, 8:22PM

Wow. An unethical D.A. Imagine that. At least one got caught.

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Posted by realworld09
May 20, 2010, 8:27PM

Another white crime in Alabama..while blaming the mminorities they just get away and ignore there own crimes...so typical in Alabama..LMAO..now watch many like to post awhen its black or Hispanic but now the yare going to cry racism..besides this is being written by someone white but under my friend names..he wanted me to mention that because he wouldnt write this..yes I am white but he is black..just to let you truth bashers know

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Posted by 1bamanative
May 20, 2010, 9:03PM

Trash is trash - regardless of color. Only difference is that us "racist" white folks don't excuse criminals by claiming that they are criminals only because the man is out to git 'em.

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Posted by SpankyTheClown
May 20, 2010, 9:13PM

Yeah, but it was their butler that gave them the idea, his name is Tyrone Johnson. More black crime i'm afraid.

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Posted by CRIMEBOS45
May 20, 2010, 9:26PM

Now the white man is listening to Tyrone. I thought 1bamanative said white folks dont do what you just did. Blame it on the black man.

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Posted by rott250
May 20, 2010, 11:00PM

Crimebos cat is out of the bag, we know you are a WHITE person for some pathetic reason pretending to be black. Sad..

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Posted by CRIMEBOS45
May 21, 2010, 8:08PM

Typical Republican. You will believe anything. Believe what you want.

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Posted by djbillyd
May 20, 2010, 9:30PM

Off your meds again, are you?

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Posted by orangekillr
May 20, 2010, 9:36PM

Hang em high!!
Finally some of the Crooked law in Coosa county will pay... maybe...

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Posted by alahater
May 20, 2010, 9:54PM

Who said justice is blind? Money makes the world go around.

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Posted by BuckeyeRocks
May 20, 2010, 10:02PM

Who and the hell would take a check ???? CASH ONLY !!!! :)

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Posted by sanlot
May 20, 2010, 10:39PM

Those boys got suits and ties and can hire good lawyers, Judge - just go ahead and fuss at 'em a lil' bit , put 'em on five years probation and be done with it .

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Posted by Adams
May 21, 2010, 12:35AM

Evil is always evil no-matter the way u look at it or try to make it look.
They should be punished to the full law and exchange the jail cell of those innocent they put in there . They are playing with poor and weak people's justice, hope and life, so this is the pay-check from their GOD .
The sinior Investigators should look into the Ilion, Newyork court systerm, is corrupt and dirty. The Assistance District Attorney is a thief, crook, and evil. His racism is something tio be worry about.

He should be checked soonest or evil will be on in that county.

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Posted by lorettanall
May 21, 2010, 5:36AM

Here's my guess.

Weaver, they guy who the lawyer and DA (Teel) (in the county next to me), were trying to extort money from was the owner of the 1,000 marijuana plants found at the scene of the two murders and one attempted murder and likely employed the six men to stand guard over the crop. Firestone, after he was beaten and almost burned to death didn't come off this information to police....saving it for later use as leverage or maybe he was scared and didn't want to implicate himself in the grow-op. So, maybe Firestone tries to extort money from Weaver with the threat that he would tell everything, implicating Weaver as the guy who ordered the hits/owned the marijuana.

Weaver refuses and hires this attorney, Stover, who plays along nicely, apparently. Obviously DA Teel and lawyer Frank Bailey already knew everything from Firestone. So, one of them came up with the idea to sell a Grand Jury indictment verdict,...meaning that no indictment would be handed down by the grand jury in Coosa County against Weaver if he coughed up $5 million.

Two things....1) I've often said "You can have as much justice as you can afford" and this is confirmation of that and 2) If this really is over 1,000 marijuana plants, which according to overblown police estimates would be worth $1 million on the streets, then it backs up what I always say on here and other places....it isn't the marijuana that kills people.....it's the lucrative cash to be made from black market which wouldn't even exist if people would wise up and legalize it for adult use.

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Posted by h2oyard
May 21, 2010, 5:41AM

Lets see how our great court system handles this one, no wonder we can't trust it anymore, it's all about money and power. Technicalities and procedures have become more important than the truth.

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Posted by lorettanall
May 21, 2010, 6:23AM

For those of you not familiar with the Coosa County injustice system let me lay it out for you. The Teel's have something like a monarchy over it. There was an old man Teel who was on the bench (municipal?) in 2000. I don't know if he is still alive or not. When he left the bench his son, I believe, Carlton took over the judgeship and Frank Teel, who is the assistant DA, is the brother of old man Teel and probably the uncle of Carlton Teel. Christ...it's like incest! There is another one named Bobby Teel, but I don't know anything about him.....unless he was the old Judge Teel....I never knew his first name.

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Posted by soco401
May 21, 2010, 11:34AM

"old man Teel" was Robert Teel, Sr. I am from Coosa County and for as long as I can remember, no murderers were EVER brought to justice in this county until this last Sheriff was voted in. He's shaking things up around here and it's about darned time!!!

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Posted by sanlot
May 21, 2010, 5:30PM

'Preciate the local opinions, folks. Waffle House and Walmart over there gonna have to get by without my business - I'll be driving way around Coosa County in the future.

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