A 34-year-old Montgomery man is behind bars charged in connection with the city's 24th homicide of the year. Montgomery Police said Willie Johnson faces a single count of murder in the May 23rd shooting death of 24-year-old Courtney Lawery. The victim was shot dead in the 100 block of Early Street. Detectives said Lawery's death stemmed from an ongoing dispute he had with Johnson. Johnson's bond was set at $75,000 dollars.
Mayor Johnny Ford of Tuskegee has fired back at comments Attorney General Luther Strange made about the lawsuit claiming that he violated the Voting Rights Act. Strange said in a statement that among other things the lawsuit that Ford and others have filed is frivolous and harassing. Ford said the citizens of Macon County are the victims, not the attorney general.
A large fire broke out at the Hayneville Plaza around 11:30 p.m., severely damaging several businesses. Local Volunteer Fire Departments were involved in extinguishing the blaze. State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said a cause has not yet been determined. He says multiple businesses were damaged, though luckily no injuries were reported.