APD officer files appeal

Published 1:28 am Saturday, November 2, 2013

An Andalusia police officer convicted of harassing two Drug Task Force employees has appealed the October convictions.

APD Officer Roderick “R.C.” Covington was found guilty of two counts of misdemeanor harassment in charges alleged by DTF Assistant Commander David Harrell and the department secretary, Amanda Hart.

In each case, Covington was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay a $100 fine, court costs, $50 to the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund and a $100 bond fee.

Covington was given 14 days to appeal the convictions, and court records show he filed his appeals paperwork on Oct. 31. He is asking for a jury trial.

The case has been assigned to Judge Lex Short and Prosecutor Leland Enzor; however, previously, all local officials recused themselves from the cases, which required out-of-town counsel on all sides.

Records show Covington was re-booked into the county jail and released on a $6,000 bond, as is standard in all appeal cases.