HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The trial for Huntsville District 1 Councilman Devyn Keith has been rescheduled after being pushed back, according to recently-filed court documents.
Keith, the two-term District 1 council member, was charged after he allegedly stole items from Walmart stores, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), which is handling the case.
Keith was arrested and charged with fourth-degree theft on February 2, for allegedly shoplifting at a Walmart on University Drive. That charge is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a possible sentence of up to one year in jail and a maximum $6,000 fine.
He was first elected to the Huntsville City Council in October 2016 and was re-elected in 2020. It’s not immediately clear how this will affect Keith’s future on the council. It is a misdemeanor charge, but elected officials stay in office even pending felony cases.
Additional charges were filed against Keith, citing three alleged thefts dating back to 2022. The Huntsville City Attorney’s office also said it was not pursuing the Feb. 2 charge in Huntsville Municipal Court. Instead, that charge was included in the list of warrants to be heard by a Madison County District Court.
Keith’s alleged thefts total up to $491, according to court documents. He turned himself in for the three additional warrants on Feb. 8.
The councilman released an apology on Feb. 3 saying in part, “…after purchasing items at the self-checkout at Walmart, I left the store with a 20$ pair of headphones in my cart that I failed to pay for. I respect the professionalism of the Walmart staff and law enforcement officers involved with this matter.”
The councilman pleaded not guilty in March 2023 and waived his right to an arraignment.
The trial is now set to take place on August 22 at the Madison County Courthouse.