Special grand jury declines to charge former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier

Special grand jury declines to charge former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier will not face charges stemming from a criminal investigation by the Office of Attorney General Luther Strange.

Gov. Robert Bentley fired Collier in March, stating an internal investigation by ALEA indicated possible "misuse of state funds." The Attorney General's Office then opened an investigation.

According to the attorney general, a Montgomery County special grand jury declined to press charges based on the evidence.

"In the course of the investigation, no witness provided credible evidence of criminal "misuse of state funds." No witness provided credible evidence of any other criminal violation on the part of former Secretary Collier. Finally, no witness established a credible basis for the initiation of a criminal inquiry in the first place," Strange stated.

Bentley released this statement Thursday:

"Based on concerns presented to me by a member of the Alabama Senate and information that was given to the then Acting Secretary of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Stan Stabler, when he assumed his position, I felt a new direction in our state law enforcement agency was needed. The information obtained by the ALEA integrity unit was gathered and presented to the Attorney General's office and a determination has been made.  I am very satisfied with the new direction of ALEA and its leader Secretary Stan Stabler."

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