Man accused of killing retired corrections officer in Florence found guilty; attorney still in “poor” condition

FLORENCE, Ala. – One day after his attorney collapsed in court, a jury has found Alfonso Jarmon guilty of murder.

Late Thursday, Judge Self appointed two attorneys to represent Jarmon during the remainder of the trial, as Jean Darby continues to be treated at ECM Hospital in Florence. During her closing arguments Thursday morning, Darby fell and lost consciousness.

Friday morning began with an attorney conference in Judge Gil Self’s chambers. When details got worked out, the jury was brought into the courtroom and acknowledged they could continue towards deliberation. It took them less than 45-minutes to convict Alfonso Jarmon of murder.

District Attorney Chris Connolly

“After hearing all of the evidence, and the evidence was overwhelming of his guilt, they wanted to conclude their task and do their duty as jurors to reach a fair verdict. We certainly believe they have done that,” stated Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly.

Jarmon has been on trial since Monday for the April 2016 murder of Charles Perkins.

Even with a murder conviction, Connolly said everyone at the courthouse is still thinking of Jean Darby.

Jean Darby sits next to defendant Alfonso Jarmon during the trial this week.

“It’s a sad day. We certainly appreciate the work the jury did under difficult circumstances, but our heart is with Jean and her family.”

The attorney’s representing Jarmon on Friday say they will appeal the guilty verdict.

District Attorney Chris Connolly says they will seek a life sentence for Alfonso Jarmon at his December 6th sentencing.

At last report from ECM Hospital in Florence, Jean Darby is still listed in poor condition. According to friends, she did not suffer a heart attack, and doctors are still doing a battery of tests in determining the cause of her collapse.