Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Tale of Two Christophers

Grant Campbell Mug Shot
We’ve recently received two communications asking us to advocate for certain people. Let’s look at the first one:

Chris Martin – Chris was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Grant Campbell, a man with a dishonorable military discharge and who, according to friends, was often guilty of bizarre behavior and who held a knife to a woman’s throat the night of his death.

At the time, we thought it was a fair verdict, but we understand there may be evidence that didn't make it to the trial. The conviction is currently under appeal, but Chris was denied an appeal bond. Why? It seems Colbert County prosecutor Bryce Graham stated Chris was a flight risk. Really? He had deep roots in Sheffield and had owned his home for eight years.

This is the same Bryce Graham who wouldn’t try Ron Wikkid Weems for Capital Murder by adding rape/attempted rape to the charges, even though Weems’ three cohorts in crime (now walking free among normal people) stated the victim was undressed from the waist down?

Is there a way to hurry the appeal? As far as we know, there is not. There is a way to advance Chris’ parole date. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Chris is currently in the Bullock Correctional Facility with a release date of 2035; he is eligible for parole. Anyone who wishes to help Chris may write:

Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles
Re: Chris Martin, AIS#  28356
301 South Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL  36130
Main Fax: 334.353.9400

The board needs to know that Chris is highly unlikely to reoffend, that he is remorseful for Campbell’s death, and that he will be welcomed back into the community with gainful employment.

We're waiting on some transcripts and will have more later.


Christopher Barnett: We’ve stated before that we sometimes receive odd communications which often state something to the effect their boyfriend is innocent since the four year old seduced him. We’ve received one such request in relation to the former minister at a local Baptist church, now under indictment for the fraudulent use of a credit card.

The person, whom we won’t name, first stated that we have a reputation for fighting for the underdog. No, we hope we have a reputation for standing for what’s right. Our writer then informed us that not just the two individuals arrested, but at least 10 people were using the card for presumably personal needs. Oh, well, that makes it all right then? Barnett personally used the card to the tune of $125,000.00 in four years--this is all while drawing a salary. So in effect, he gave himself a raise of over 31,000.00 a year.

The writer continued that the minister had been having problems with the “ruling family” of the church. Ruling family? As we recently stated, we have at least one Baptist who is connected to this blog, but we’ve never heard the expression “ruling family.” Aren’t Baptist congregations ruled by deacons? Perhaps it’s some arcane practice like Mormon holy underwear? Yet this request actually came from a person whom we would have anticipated would possess at least some Biblical knowledge.

From what our informed sources have told us, the minister in question had used what could be called fraudulent credentials to get the position at the church. He then used the church’s credit card to purchase, among other things, a vacation (read: stealing money given to promote God’s work). It also seems that if the church had not turned over the indicted pair to law enforcement, some upstanding members of the church community would have been personally responsible for the bills which had been mounting up.

No, we’re cheering for the prosecution in this one.


1 comment:

  1. Yea shoalanda a flight risk ? Lol after being out on bond for a year. Definatly didnt seem like a flight risk. He hasnt set foot on public ground since then. He was taken straight to prison.