Docket includes 3 sex abuse cases

Published 12:04 am Saturday, March 19, 2011

There are several high profile cases scheduled on the upcoming trial docket, including the case against a father accused of causing his then- 7-week-old daughter to have “shaken baby syndrome” and a Florala man accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl.

The two are among the 26 cases on the criminal docket set to be heard by Circuit Judge Charles A. “Lex” Short during the week of March 28.


Star-News archives show Jeremy Gibson allegedly inflicted “shaken baby syndrome” injures, including eight bone fractures, on his infant daughter last May.

He is charged with aggravated child abuse and second-degree domestic violence.

Also on the docket is Luther Paul Townsend of Florala, who is facing charges of sodomy, sexual abuse of a child under 12, enticing a child and intimidating a witness.

Townsend, 76, was originally arrested on warrants for allegedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in April 2009. In 2010, he was accused of fleeing to North Carolina to escape sex abuse charges filed from a second victim.

Records show Townsend’s upcoming trial will include both cases.


Also set is the case against Talmadge Hurst, who is charged with sexual abuse of a child under 12.

Others set for trial include Michael Johnson, a former City of Andalusia employee, who is charged with using his official position for personal gain and first-degree theft of property.

The remainder of the cases on the docket is a host of drug-related cases, burglary and theft cases, as well as forgery cases.