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Tuscumbia lawyer accused of bribing prospective juror

TUSCUMBIA, Alabama - A Colbert County lawyer has been arrested on an indictment for felony bribing of a juror.

Alabama's attorney general, Steve Marshall, the former district attorney of Marshall County, Alabama, said today William J. "Billy" Underwood was indicted on the class C felony charge, which has a maximum prison term of 10 years.

Underwood turned himself at the Colbert County Jail today and was released on $5,000 bail.

Underwood is accused of offering a prospective juror something of value, possibly money, for his vote.

An indictment is merely a formal accusation that a crime is committed and not proof of the crime. It is merely the process by which a case is brought to the circuit court for a jury trial.

Underwood is represented by attorneys William Hovater and W. Brent Woodall. All have declined comment.

Underwood's next hearing will be an arraignment, but no date has been set yet.

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