Tipler trial expected to end today

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Former attorney Harvey Tipler’s trial for solicitation to commit murder is expected to end today, The Northwest Florida Daily News reported.

The trial was expected to conclude Saturday, but a key defense witness could not be found. Monday, that witness, Timothy Albough, was brought into the courtroom in shackles and told he was facing a charge of criminal contempt. He was released after testifying that he “protected Tipler” and “showed him the ropes” in jail. In return, Tipler wrote him a $400 check.

The prosecution is alleging that Tipler couldn’t pull off his murder-for-hire scheme because he couldn’t access the funds needed. The defense is using the Albough’s testimony to show that Tipler indeed had access to funds.

Albough is a six-time convicted felon.

Defense Attorney Clyde Taylor also elicited testimony from Randy Crowder, who investigated Tipler on behalf of the State Attorney’s Office, that Tipler had money in a checking account that he could have paid another inmate.

Prosecutor Bobby Elmore questioned Crowder about the disappearance of four boxes of documents he deemed “the smoking gun boxes” that Tipler allegedly paid another inmate to attempt to locate and burn.

Tipler, an Andalusia native, told the court Saturday he was considering taking the stand in his own defense, but couldn’t decide to do so without hearing Albaugh’s testimony. He chose not to testify.

The case is expected to go to the jury today.