Young trial for capital murder to begin

Published 12:25 am Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Quinton Young is scheduled to appear Tuesday in the 17th Circuit Judicial Court at the Marengo County courthouse in Linden on charges of capital murder.

Young is accused of the murder of 44-year-old Thomasville resident Bobby Darrin Hayes, whose burned body was discovered on Sept. 28, 2006, in a burned-out 1993 Ford Explorer on Brown Hawk Road in Dixon’s Mill.

An investigation by the state fire marshal’s office, the Marengo County sheriff’s department, the Alabama Department of Public Safety and the state Department of Forensic Sciences determined that the fire was deliberately set and that Hayes died prior to the fire.

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An autopsy revealed that Hayes’ death was the result of injuries to his neck. He had been stabbed during a robbery of his wallet, which contained $100.

Tonny Bouler, 32, of Dixon’s Mill pleaded guilty to murder and first-degree robbery last February in relation to this case.

According to Sheriff Jesse Langley at the time of the incident, a resident called 911 after seeing a car parked along the side of the road with smoke pouring out of it.

He said the resident identified Bouler and Young standing on the roadside 30 minutes before she discovered Hayes’ burning Explorer.

In court records on file at the Marengo County courthouse, Bouler gave a statement to investigators initially claiming he and Young had flagged Hayes down for a ride. He said Hayes had dropped him off at his brother’s house, but Young stayed in the car. Later, he admitted to robbing Hayes and being present when he was murdered.

The guilty plea places Young, 29, of Dixon’s Mill as the sole defendant left to face capital murder charges. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Other cases to be heard next week in circuit court include:

Charles Earl Allen, 50, of Dixon’s Mill, charged with possession or receiving a controlled substance.

James Bolden, 44, of Butler, charged with third-degree burglary.

James Edward Cade, 60, of Demopolis, charged with second-degree forgery (seven counts).

Todd Cunningham, 43, of Gallion, charged with possession or receiving a controlled substance.

Bobby Dawson, 52, of Linden, charged with felony driving under the influence.

Stevie Edwards, 39, of Birmingham, charged with discharging a gun in an occupied building.

Johnny Howard, 34, of Linden, charged with second-degree rape.

Dorothy Howell, 41, of Linden, charged with second-degree receiving stolen property.

Frank Jones, 39, of Demopolis, charged with unlawful distribution.

Kelvin Jones, 31, of Greensboro, charged with possession or receiving a controlled substance.

Ibrahim Mohammed, 32, of Demopolis, charged with transportation and manufacture

Tarrance Moody, 36, of Linden, charged with third-degree robbery and intimidating a witness.

Tony Nathan, 38, of Linden, charged with unlawful distribution.

Biran Keith Williams, 30, of Newburn, charged with first-degree robbery.

Tina Mae Womer, 42, of Demopolis, charged with second-degree theft of property.