Former Madison County District Attorney Fred Simpson dies

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Former Madison County District Attorney Fred Simpson died Tuesday.


Friends and coworkers described Simpson as a "bulldog in the courtroom, but also a true gentleman."

Simpson, 78, died after a long illness.

Simpson served as DA from 1969 to 1981.  After leaving the DA's office, Simpson wrote several books, including the "Sins of Madison County."   The book focused on lynchings that were carried out in the county.

Simpson's funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Whitesburg Baptist Church. Visitation will be at the church prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.