DeKalb County Judge Hears Pre-Trial Motions In Lowell Barron’s Case

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DEKALB CO., Ala. (WHNT) — A DeKalb County judge heard arguments for and against a set of five pre-trial motions in former Senator Lowell Barron’s case.

In a hearing that lasted nearly two hours attorneys for Barron and the state filled DeKalb County Circuit Judge Randall Cole’s courtroom.

One of the motions that garnered the majority of the arguments from both sides was in regards to a subpoena sent by Barron’s attorneys to Attorney General Luther Strange. Barron’s attorneys argued Strange gave money to a campaign worker several years ago,  which they say is similar to what Barron did with co-defendant Jill Johnson. They say Strange no doubt understands the law, and therefore would provide a good testimony for Barron.

The State is trying to quash that subpoena, saying that testimony is not needed.

After the hearing the former senator spoke with reporters, saying he’s not impressed with the state’s handling of the motion. “I don’t understand why Luther Strange won’t come to DeKalb County. I don’t understand why he wants special treatment,” Barron says.

Barron says his team is prepared for his court date.”I trust the people of DeKalb County and I’m looking forward to my day in court.”

The state was not able to comment.

Other motions the judge heard included the admissibility of some of co-defendant Jill Johnson’s previous statements, and questions regarding sentencing.

The judge has not made a ruling on these motions.

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