MARION, Ala. (AP) - A judge in Marion has scheduled a hearing April 14 on a request by a former Alabama state trooper, who wants to be released early from his six-month jail sentence for killing a man at a civil rights demonstration 46 years ago.
Court records show Circuit Judge Tommy Jones set the hearing for 77-year-old James Bonard Fowler, who contends that he has medical problems that need immediate attention. A letter from Fowler's doctor says he is incapacitated by diabetes and arthritis. District Attorney Michael Jackson is opposing an early release.
Fowler pleaded guilty in November to shooting Jimmie Lee Jackson in Marion in 1965. He began his sentence for second-degree manslaughter on Dec. 1 and would finish it at the end of May. He is serving his sentence in Geneva.
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