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Investigation of Lawyer's Murder Already Is Sending Out a Stench

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We also learn that Lynch is being charged with capital murder because the killing allegedly took place during the commission of a burglary.

We are supposed to believe that a Birmingham man drove 40-something miles to Sylacauga and just happened to choose for burglary the home of a lawyer who was involved in an increasingly rancorous divorce case? We are supposed to believe that this was about a burglary gone awry and had nothing to do with the divorce case?

Early news reports placed the time of death between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on July 27. That means any burglary would have been taking place in broad daylight. Burglars certainly have been known to strike during the day . . . but early in the evening, right after normal business hours, when the occupant is likely to come home at any moment?

I'm having a hard time buying that one. As we have reported previously, court documents show that Ms. Lazenby and her lawyers were alarmed that Judge Fannin refused to recuse himself--and they had reason to be concerned; under the law, recusal should have been granted. Documents also show that Blake Lazenby and his lawyers apparently were trying to strong arm Ms. Lazenby into a settlement agreement that she had not approved. We also know that Blake Lazenby's lawyers were trying to subpoena documents that appeared to have little, if any, relevance to the divorce case. They were going after Ms. Lazenby's medical records from at least two different sources, and they were seeking information about a criminal complaint Ms. Lazenby apparently had filed against a man named Earnest Files, of Coosa County.

Who is Earnest Files and why did his name come up in Lazenby v. Lazenby? The answer remains unclear, but here is what we reported earlier:

We checked the Web site for the Coosa County Sheriff's Office and found this item dated April 1, 2011:

Earnest James Files Jr. of Kellyton, AL was arrested on charges of Harassing Communication and Criminal Trespassing. He was processed and released on bond to await trial.

Did Ms. Lazenby file a criminal complaint for harassing communication and trespassing against Earnest James Files Jr.? If so, why did Blake Lazenby's lawyers want that information and why was it relevant in a divorce case?

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
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