WVAS Local News

May 15, 2013

Governor Robert Bentley wants the Legislature to delay Alabama's private school tax credits for two years.  Bentley told chamber of commerce leaders in Montgomery that a delay will give schools time to try to get off the failing list.  The Legislature passed a law in February that provides tax credits for parents who move their children from failing schools to private schools or non-failing public schools.  Bentley says he will sent that bill back with an executive amendment. 

Montgomery's 23rd Homicide

A 54-year-old man is the city's latest homicide victim.  Montgomery Police said Thomas Bracknell was found dead in a residential storage building on McCarter Street Tuesday afternoon.  Police said an autopsy will determine how Bracknell died.  Authorities also said they have identified suspects, but no arrests. 

State Prison Employees

A federal judge in Montgomery has set trials in June and July for two former state prison employees accused in the beating death of an inmate.  Former corrections Lt. Michael Smith and former correctional officer Joseph Sanders had originally been set for trial together in June, but Federal Judge Myron Thompson recently granted a request that they be tried separately.  Smith and Sanders are among four former prison employees indicted in the 2010 beating death of inmate Rocrast Mack at Ventress Prison in Barbour County.  Two other defendants have pleaded guilty to violating Mack's civil  rights and conspiring to cover up how he died.