Suspect’s mother speaks out after Huntsville officer slain
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The mother of a man charged with killing an Alabama police officer said Sunday that she doesn’t believe her son is capable of committing murder.
Brown’s mother, Alma Jean Applebet, told AL.com in a phone interview her son should be presumed innocent until he has a chance to stand trial, though she acknowledged he has a history of arrests in Tennessee.
“I really don’t think my son would kill a police officer,” Applebet said. “He’s been a good son. Not to say he’s perfect, but he’s not the person who they portray him to be in the newspaper.”
Clardy was shot in the heart Friday during a drug buy set up by authorities at a residence where they expected a suspect to drop off a large number of drugs, Huntsville police said.
Brown, 41, shot Clardy on the porch and was arrested after a short foot chase, authorities said.