Huntsville City Council Commits Another $25K Toward Officer's Murder Defense

Jan 25, 2019

Huntsville City Hall

The Huntsville City Council has voted to pay an additional $25,000 for the legal defense of a police officer charged with murder.

Al.com reports the Huntsville City Council voted Thursday night to add another $25,000 to $75,000 it already promised to put toward William Darby's legal defense. The council also voted to cap the city's contributions at $125,000.

Darby has been charged with murder in the 2018 shooting of 49-year-old Jeffrey Parker.

Police say Parker called authorities and said he was armed and suicidal. They say Darby was one of three officers who responded to the scene. They say Darby shot Parker when Parker wouldn't drop his weapon.

An internal police review board cleared Darby of wrongdoing, but he was later indicted by a grand jury. A gag order has been issued in the case.