Suspended Alabama prosecutor is convicted of perjury
Oct. 20, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A suspended prosecutor in Alabama's most populous county has been found guilty of first-degree perjury.
A jury returned its verdict Friday in the trial of suspended Jefferson County District Attorney Charles Todd Henderson, Al.com reported .
Henderson was visibly upset and appeared to be crying after the verdict.
"He's taking it hard," said one of his defense lawyers, James Parkman.
Henderson was charged with perjury after being accused of giving false testimony in a 2016 divorce case in which he served as guardian for the divorcing couple's minor child. The divorce case was unrelated to his current prosecutor position.
Henderson has been suspended with pay. With his conviction on the felony charge, he loses his elected position, Al.com reported.
The trial had started with jury selection Monday, and testimony began Tuesday.
The defense team, led by Joe Espy and Parkman, rested their case without calling any witnesses. Espy said they got a fair trial and they would look into a possible appeal.
A judge released Henderson on bond and said he would soon set a sentencing date.
Assistant Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr has been serving in Henderson's place. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will now appoint someone to fill that slot.