City of Stevenson, police chief, funeral home owner, others named in federal civil lawsuit

Northeast Alabama

Daniel Winters (Photo: Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police website)

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STEVENSON, Ala. – A civil lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court against Stevenson Police Chief Daniel Winters, the City of Stevenson, and the Valley Funeral Home, among others.

The plaintiff in the case is identified as David Fulmer.

Winters was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury Wednesday, charged with violating civil rights and assaulting someone who had been arrested. WHNT News 19 records show a David Fulmer was arrested in March of 2015.

The lawsuit names specifically, the City of Stevenson, Daniel Winters, Darren McCaimey (police officer), Hester Hollis (police officer), Valley Funeral Home, Bobby Hicks (funeral home owner), Luke Ballard (funeral home employee) and David Grider (funeral home employee).

It alleges Fulmer was staying with his brother, who had stolen property from Valley Funeral Home and stored it at his residence. It then says the individual defendants met and agreed to punish the thief.

The lawsuit also claims the defendants entered the home without a warrant or permission, assaulted and arrested Fulmer, “assuming he was the person who stole the items.” Fulmer claims Hicks struck first, hitting him in the head and knocking him unconscious. Fulmer says he regained consciousness and was knocked out again. He remembers waking up in a police car where one of the defendants reportedly had his head by the hair and another had a knife to his throat.

The lawsuit says Fulmer never fought back.

Fulmer is asking for compensatory and punitive damages as determined by the jury.

In March of 2015, WHNT News 19 reported on the arrest of Fulmer, his brother, and another woman.

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