Assistant Coosa County DA Frank Selman Teel attempted to extort $5 million in exchange for rigging the grand jury to not return a capital murder indictment against Mr. Carl Weaver, a pot grower, in the 1995 double murder and attempted murder in Coosa County.
Here’s my guess of what happened.
Weaver, they guy who the Gadsden 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 $2 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. There would be no more incentive for corruption like this….at least where marijuana is concerned. But, DA’s and Judges and cops don’t want it legalized for that very reason. They like those kinds of incentives.
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 Robert (Bobby) 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! The old Judge Teel put me in jail for not having car insurance right after that law was passed in 2000.
Another interesting thing is that if this case had gotten to court in Coosa Co. then none other than Judge John E. Rochester would have presided over it. And, y’all know there is no love lost between myself and the Rochester clan. Wouldn’t be surprised if he wound up being in on it somehow….oh man that would make my day.
And just where do you suppose Teel was going to get his $1 million dollar check cashed? Cash Advance? Pay Day Loans? First National Bank of Rockford (or whatever bank might be there)?
I find it hard to believe he was really that stupid. Arrogance is more likely the culprit. If my family controlled the entire judicial system in one county then I’d probably feel invincible, too.
Originally posted on May 21.
Carl Weaver and lawyer Jay Stover lay trap for Teel
According to the AP:
Associated Press – May 21, 2010 3:34 PM ET
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawyer for a Gadsden businessman says they alerted police after a Coosa County prosecutor and a private lawyer offered to keep the businessman from being indicted in a murder case in exchange for a $5 million payoff.
Attorney Jay Stover said Friday that he and his client, Carl Weaver, contacted Gadsden police in March after Weaver was offered the deal by Coosa County assistant district attorney Frank Teel of Sylacauga and Gadsden attorney Frank Wayne Bailey.
Bailey’s lawyer says his client will be cleared and Frank Teel’s lawyer is supposed to release a statement sometime today. Wonder who his lawyer is?
An attorney friend of mine told me that it is practically impossible for an assistant DA to make a capital murder charge go away without the knowledge of the DA, who in this case, is none other than Fred Thompson of Clay County. Had this case actually made it to court my buddy Judge John E. Rochester would have presided over the case. Wonder if Thompson was in on the deal?
Originally posted on May 21.
Word on the street in Coosa County
As most of you who know anything about Coosa County, Alabama can imagine, the whole county is abuzz with talk of the Frank Teel extortion case.
In every store I’ve been in, that has been the conversation. No one seems surprised about it. They’ve all lived under the oppressive rule of the Teel monarchy for years. Most say they are surprised it took this long. Everybody has a horror story about retired Judge Robert Teel, including yours truly. He was truly an evil man. One business owner told me yesterday that when Robert Teel retired he went into seclusion. If I had mistreated and pissed off nearly every citizen in my county for as many years as he did I probably go into deep hiding, too. Deep, deep hiding.
One conversation I had with a Coosa Co. business owner yesterday focused on the $5 million dollar extortion plot and how that money might have been split. This particular business owner said they believe it would have gone down like this.
$1 million for Frank Teel
$1 million for Frank Bailey
$1 million for DA Fred Thompson (Teel’s boss)
$1 million for Judge John E. Rochester (Fred Thompson’s boss of sorts and former law partner)
$1 million for the Coosa Co. Sheriff Terry Wilson
Why? Because all of those people would have had to be involved in order to make a capital murder indictment go away. And that rings true. At the very least Fred Thompson would have had to know because there really is no way for the assistant DA to make something like that happen without the DA knowing.
A few days ago I got an email from a friend of Carl Weaver (victim of alleged extortion plot) in Gadsden denying that Weaver had anything to do with the grow op found at the murder scene. They claim that Weaver had an altercation with one of the homicide victims about 9 months prior to the murders and that the survivor, Firestone, hired Bailey and Teel to represent him in a civil case against Weaver. From what I can determine the civil suit claims Weaver is in some way responsible for the murders and attempted murder. This person claims they (Teel, Bailey) decided shake down Weaver because he supposedly has a lot of money. Weaver owns a company called Techtrix in Gadsden, which was given a commendation by the Alabama legislature back when Guy Hunt was Governor. Techtrix Commendation
Someone on the Gadsden forums is claiming that Weaver was connected to the grow op and had beaten cocaine distribution and possession charges in the past by paying his way out of it. I haven’t found anything to back that up media-wise.
Another thing no media outlet is reporting is who owned the 165 acres of land that the three victims were leasing in Coosa Co. at the time of the murders. According to an article in the Daily Home the hunting lodge was described as basically a shack made out of odds and ends pieces of wood with a tin roof. Former Sheriff Bill Evans believed that the people leasing the cabin (victims) were connected to the grow op because of the trail leading from the cabin to the plants. I want to know who owned that land. I think it is an important piece of this puzzle.
And how, in 1995 when the State of Alabama had choppers in the air looking for pot plants, did 1,300 of them get overlooked in a prime pot growing location along the Coosa River? Waterways, including small creek beds and streams, are always targeted. My guess is that someone with enough power and money paid the ‘authorities’ to you know…just pretend they didn’t see it. Had to. According to the Alabama Dept. of Public Safety website, Alabama has had aircraft of various sorts in the air looking for marijuana plants since 1973. So, it wasn’t overlooked by accident.
I asked for and received permission to post the email sent to me by a friend of Carl Weaver’s . Here it is in its entirety.
I wanted to let you know that Carl Weaver is a friend of ours and he never owned any pot plants, never hired any guards and had nothing to do with the original murders. He was a target for the shake down because he is thought to have a lot of money and that’s the only reason they went after him. From the very beginning he co-operated with the authorities and his actions were guided by their agents. As his friend, I wanted to set the record straight.
Thanks for your email. Please feel free to post your comments on my blog. I am happy to have your views represented there.
I was merely trying to connect the dots in the extremely puzzling case. Why was your friend Mr. Weaver facing a possible grand jury indictment for capital murder?
Hi Loretta, I understand it’s a confusing case but to answer your question….he was never facing indictment. That was the leverage being used to extort the money. The surviving victim hired Mr. Bailey to sue the people arrested for the crime and somehow the assistant D. A. got involved. About nine months before the murders, Mr. Weaver had an altercation with one of the victims…that’s the only involvment….and it was decided Carl might have deep pockets and would be a good candidate for a shakedown. The assistant D.A. threatened to see that Carl was indicted for the crime even though he had taped confessions admitting Mr. Weaver was not involved. After being approached, Carl sought legal counsel, his lawyer made the necessary contact with the ABI and from there on, that office ran the investigation.
It’s going to be one heck of a story when the details are all released and I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of other Coosa County officials are drawn into the crime.
I asked this person if they knew who owned the land that the murders and attempted murders took place on and they said they didn’t know.
We had a nice, civil discourse, which is a rare thing when I blog about such a high profile case. Usually both sides wind up wanting to cut my head off (let’s hope I don’t get burned alive for talking about this one). This person was very polite. But, I can’t buy into everything they said. For instance, how could someone be charged with capital murder if there wasn’t evidence connecting them to a capital murder? Not to say that I trust the cops or the judicial morons running the show here, I don’t. Can’t stand any of them and hope they all go to state prison for the rest of their lives. But, still, how could one be connected to a capital murder if there was absolutely no evidence that they had anything to do with it? I don’t get that part. Then again people go to prison all the time for things they didn’t do, including being sentenced to death for capital murders they did not commit. Just ask the Innocence Project.
This morning when I looked at my email there were two comments on this post from the sister of murder victim Darell Coleman. She is convinced that Mr. Weaver should have been arrested 15 years ago when this happened and that he is responsible. I have given her my email address and asked her to contact me with her side of events. Maybe she will be able to answer the question of who owned the property in question. The one thing I will caution her against is bringing in the feds. They shouldn’t be brought into this case unless there is just no other way. Why? Because if the DA and lawyer are guilty of what they are accused of then an Alabama state prison would be much better accommodations for their crimes. Federal prisons are much too nice for the likes of these swine.
If I hear from Denise Coleman today I will ask permission to post her side of the story.
Originally posted on May 23.
Attorney says “Teel is innocent”
From the Talladega Daily Home
Teel’s attorney says his client ‘looks forward to proving his innocence’
by MATT QUILLEN
SYLACAUGA — The attorney for a recently arrested assistant district attorney in Coosa County stated his client “looks forward to proving his innocence.”
Authorities charged Frank Teel, a Sylacauga resident who also practices law in Rockford, and Gadsden lawyer Frank Bailey, 58, with extortion, bribery and ethics violations on Wednesday.
Teel’s attorney, Rod Giddens of Sylacauga, spoke on his client’s behalf in response to news reports and information released by Attorney General Troy King’s office.
Giddens said Teel, 59, and Bailey represented Roger Firestone of Etowah County in a civil claim against Carl Weaver of Gadsden. Giddens also said the two attorneys attempted to settle the claim through Weaver’s attorney, Jay Stover.
Here’s the thing. In Alabama, and probably everywhere else, it borders on impossible to get a DA or an Assistant DA arrested. The fact that the ABI did arrest both Teel and Bailey leads me to believe that they have the goods on both of them.
I’ve got calls lined up for later today with a family member of one of the murder victims as well as someone from Gadsden who says that attorney Jay Stover has been involved in previous extortion attempts.
Check back later for more…
Originally posted on May 25.