Former candidate on August docket

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A former candidate for sheriff, arrested in April 2011 for allegedly obtaining criminal history information illegally and using his office for personal gain while he served as the Lockhart police chief, will head to court next month.

Star-News archives show that John David Davis II was initially charged with three counts of obtaining criminal offender record information under false pretenses and one count of violation of the Alabama ethics law, use of official position or office for personal gain.

Davis allegedly obtained or sought to obtain criminal offender record information by accessing the Law Enforcement Tactical System (LETS) under false pretenses that it was for an official law enforcement or criminal justice purpose, said a spokesman for the Alabama Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS), the agency responsible for collecting, storing, retrieving, analyzing and disseminating criminal justice data on the behalf of the state.

However, court records show obtained Monday by The Star-News show Davis is facing 11 counts of unlawful use of LETS and three counts of using his office of police chief for personal gain.

Davis, who is being represented by Fairhope attorney John W. Beck, is scheduled to face a jury on Aug. 19. He remains free on a $100,000 bond. The state attorney general’s office is prosecuting the case.

According to Davis’ sheriff’s 2010 candidacy bio, he had 10 years of law enforcement experience serving in the U.S. Army military police presidential honor guard, as a Maryland State Trooper, a road officer, as well as a road deputy with the Covington County Sheriff’s Office.

He ran on the Republican ticket in the last election and withdrew a month before the November election. However, his name remained on the already-printed ballots. He resigned from the Lockhart Police Department in October 2010 after serving a year and a half to “take a new job in Maryland.”