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Grand jury hands out 147 indictments

A Butler County grand jury considered more than 140 indictments during a session earlier last week.

According to Butler County District Attorney Charlotte Tesmer, the grand jury handed down 147 indictments, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

“The jury was very inquisitive,” Tesmer said.

“They took their time, and took their job very seriously.”

Among the 147 indictments is Jeffery Chad McGriff, 43, owner of Cahaba Interiors Furniture who was taken into custody in January and charged with first-degree rape, a Class A felony that can carry a sentence of 10 years to 99 years or life in prison.

According to Greenville Police Department captain Justin Lovvorn, the alleged incident took place at McGriff’s business, which is located at 554 Cahaba Road, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, January 8.

Also among the indictments considered is Adrian Carter, a Greenville man who was charged in connection with the July 2015 murder of a Butler County man.

Shawn Antonio Davis, a Selma man, was also indicted for reckless murder in connection to an I-65 crash that resulted in the death of Gene Lee Schofield Jr., a 27-year old Fort Deposit man and tow truck operator.

Schofield was struck and killed by a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe while offering roadside assistance to a motorist with a malfunctioning vehicle, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, despite the fact that Schofield’s wrecker had amber lights flashing.

Alabama State Troopers said that Davis was under the influence of alcohol and refused to adhere to the state’s Move-Over law when striking Schofield.

Also indicted was Jimmy Little, a 29-year-old Greenville man who was charged with attempted murder following a shooting at 808 South Street on Aug. 26, 2015.

Lovvorn said that statements revealed that Little and the victim, Martin Wilson, had a dispute over money when Wilson suffered a gunshot wound to the right eye.

Also indicted was John Benjamin Norris, a Georgiana man who was arrested and charged with nine counts of possession of child pornography in November of 2014.

In addition to the 147 indictments, more than 170 drug-related cases are still pending.

The motion docket will be held from Nov. 9-28, where those indicted will have the opportunity to plead, or otherwise participate in jury week on Dec. 12.