Ala. court defendant commits suicide during recess


JASPER, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Walker County say a Graysville man on trial for burglary, armed robbery and assault committed suicide in a cemetery during a court recess.

Officials say 27-year-old Daniel Lavale Williams shot himself around noon at a cemetery in Jasper Tuesday. Williams was taken to the University of Alabama Hospital and was pronounced dead.

Jasper Police Cpt. Larry Cantrell told ( the man's girlfriend was with him in the cemetery and is cooperating in the investigation.

Walker County Circuit Court Judge Jerry Selman declared a mistrial in the case. A co-defendant who pleaded guilty and testified against Williams and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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