Tipler trial set for Monday

Published 12:01 am Saturday, April 27, 2013

The alleged murder-for-hire case against a former Andalusia attorney James Harvey Tipler is set to begin Monday.

Okaloosa County, Fla., court records show, in this instance, Tipler is facing one count of solicitation of capital murder and three counts of attempting to commit murder.

The attempted murder charge stems from Tipler’s alleged plot to kill Assistant (Fla.) State Attorney Russ Edgar, who was prosecuting the racketeering cases against him.

Edgar has been re-assigned and State (Fla.) Attorney Bill Eddins will try the attempted murder and theft cases. Tipler, 61, has been held in the Okaloosa County Jail since May of 2011 on racketeering charges and practicing law without a license from incidents in 2009 and in 2010.

It was while he was in jail that he allegedly plotted and asked two people to kill the lead prosecutor in his case. Then Tipler and other people took an “overt act” toward carrying out the plot, Eddins said previously.

The plan was stopped before it progressed to the point of violence, Eddins said.

The case will be heard by Judge T. Patterson Maney, and Tipler will be represented by Clyde Taylor of St. Augustine, Fla.

A June 3 trial date is set for Tipler’s racketeering case, which will be prosecuted by the Florida state’s attorney’s office.