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Coosa County Assistant DA, lawyer arrested

MONTGOMERY, AL. - Attorney General Troy King and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday the arrests of an assistant district attorney in Coosa County, Frank Selman Teel, and a Gadsden attorney, Frank Wayne Bailey, for felony charges of extortion, bribery and ethics violations.

The two are accused of using the threat of indictment to force the settlement of a civil lawsuit for millions of dollars, and alternatively, offering to try to keep the man from being charged if he did pay the money. 

Agents of the Attorney General's Office and the ABI arrested the two men late Wednesday night after they accepted a check for $1 million.  This morning they were being held in the Etowah County Jail, with bond totaling $10,000 for each defendant.  

Teel, 59, of Sylacauga, is an assistant district attorney in Coosa County who also practices private law in Rockford.  Teel and Bailey, 58, were handling a civil lawsuit against a man who could face capital murder charges.  Warrants were issued detailing charges in Etowah County District Court against the defendants.

Teel is charged with:

  • One count of second-degree extortion, a class C felony, in that between March 24, 2010, and May 19, 2010, he used threats to obtain $1 million belonging to Carl Weaver and or Jay Stover, by either threatening to cause an official action or to withhold an official action;
  • One count of bribery or accepting a bribe, a class C felony, in that between March 24, 2010, and May 19, 2010, as a public servant in his capacity as assistant district attorney, he solicited or agreed to accept $5 million to corruptly influence his official action, by using his position to prevent the indictment of Carl Weaver; and
  • One count of intentional use of his public position as assistant district attorney for unlawful personal gain in violation of the state ethics law, a class B felony.

Bailey is charged with:

  • One count of second-degree extortion, a class C felony, in that between March 24, 2010, and May 19, 2010, he aided and abetted Teel in using threats to obtain $1 million belonging to Carl Weaver and or Jay Stover, by either threatening to either cause an official action or to withhold an official action;
  • One count of bribery or accepting a bribe, a class C felony, in that between March 24, 2010, and May 19, 2010, he aided and abetted Teel in soliciting or agreeing to accept $5 million for the corrupt influence of Teel's official action to prevent the indictment of Carl Weaver; and
  • One count of aiding and abetting Teel in the intentional use of Teel's public position as assistant district attorney for unlawful personal gain in violation of the state ethics law, a class B felony.

Attorney General King and ABI thanked the Etowah County Drug Task Force, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office, and the Etowah County District Attorney's Office for their assistance in the handling of this matter, which continues to be under investigation by the ABI.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Attorney General's office

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