The trial of a Lawrence County man in 2016 was delayed until next year as he was infected with Kovid-19 at the Lawrence County Jail in early November.
Earl Claiborne Coburn’s trial is set to begin Monday in Lawrence County Circuit Court.
One of Coburn’s attorneys, John A. McReynolds IV of Russellville, filed and said he was given continuity because his client was on oxygen and was not physically ready to stand trial.
Coburn, 62, is accused of shooting and killing Hubert White, 67, and his son, Mika White, 32, in Lawrence County, 217, Hillsboro, on September 9, 2016. One count of shooting into an occupied vehicle and two counts of threatening. Coburn is Mica White’s former father-in-law.
Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders, Coburn, spent nearly two weeks at Decatur Morgan Hospital battling Kovid-19 and returned to jail with an oxygen device. Sanders said Coburn is recovering from COVID-19 and that another disease needs oxygen.
Sanders said Coburn was among the common people in prison when he tested positive for coronavirus.
“He was sick three or four days before our nursing staff started to feel bad,” Sanders said. “He was tested and found to have COVID.”
The sheriff said this was a separate case. None of the other inmates tested positive.
After Coburn returned to prison, he was placed in a separate room with two or three other inmates, separated from the remaining inmates, Sanders said.
There are currently 145 inmates in the jail, which is designed to house 96 people, the sheriff said.
McReynolds said he met Coburn a couple weeks ago and said his client “had no energy or stamina.”
“They complained about memory problems,” he said. “I have no reason to think that the trial would not have started this week if there was no Kovid in jail. We are ready. ”
McReynolds thinks it may be “a few months” before the trial is due by 2022.
According to court documents and testimony, Coburn shot Micah White three times while sitting in his Ford 350 crew cab pickup in the parking lot of the New Antioch Church of Christ at 217 Lawrence County. The male passenger in White’s truck was unharmed.
Coburn then traveled to the home of Hubert White, about half a mile south, and reportedly shot Hubert White several times in his dining room.
Court documents indicate the father and son were killed by 9 mm Beretta handgun bullets.
Coburn then showed the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to a Lawrence County sheriff’s deputy, before being taken into custody about an hour after the murder, court records say.
At a preliminary hearing in Circuit Court on October 7, 2016, then- Lawrence County Sheriff Sgt. Coburn told investigators, “If he hadn’t done me, I wouldn’t have killed that child,” Chris Waldrep said.
At the hearing, Waldrep said the custody hearing on September 8, 2016, may have contributed to the shootings. Mika White and his ex-wife, Amanda White, of Harville, have fought over their daughter’s visitation rights since their 2007 divorce.
Micah was the owner of White Auto Body & Towing throughout Alabama 24 in White Caddo, and Hubert White was a stylist at New Image Salon in Decatur.
Other major murder cases
The 5-year-old Coburn case is one of five major murder cases awaiting trial in the county. All the accused remain in the Lawrence County Jail.
The oldest case since 2015, Susie Ella Stovall, 65, has been charged with murder in the death of her husband, Azrael “Jean” Stovall, 66. Susie Stovall is accused of deliberately setting her house on the death of her husband. Alabama 20 at Trinity in Fire. His corpse was found in the bedroom.
Her lawyer said the accused had a mental health problem. At trial, she pleaded not guilty and found not guilty of mental illness or culpable murder and arson. District Attorney Errek Jett said the defendant was sent to the Tuscaloosa firm on two occasions for a capacity test.
In 2016, Evan Berryman, 34, was charged with major murder in 2014 in the death of 2-year-old Ian Calhoun.
According to the autopsy report, Calhoun’s death was a blunt force trauma to the head, torso and lower and upper extremities. The death was a homicide, with injuries to the victim’s face, scalp, left ear, chest, spine and genitals, the report said.
Berryman’s case was continued last month after a defense attorney fell ill hours before the jury selection began. Circuit Judge Mark Craig said the case will be heard in the first quarter of 2022.
In July 2017, Kevin Deshaun DeLoni Jr., 23, of North Courtland, Jimmy Lee Bolding, 34, and James Lemark Madden, 41, of Muscle Shoals, were charged with fatal shootings and armed robbery at Bolding’s residence in Rosa Parks Street. In North Courtland. Delaney, a former football and basketball star at Decatur High School, was later charged with assaulting a prisoner at the Lawrence County Jail.
In October 2020, Jordan Wylie Miller, 23, of Lawrence County, 217, of Trinity, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Trinity.
Page Miller was fatally shot and killed at a home in Lawrence County, 549 near Trinity’s Old Alabama 24, officials said.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys say Kovid-19 and its protocols have slowed down the judicial system.
– mike.wetzel@LBL or #. Twitter @DD_Wetzel.
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