Nodine Indicted On Criminally Neglient Homicide & Perjury Charges
By Baldwin County Da's Office
This afternoon at a South Florida prison where he is being held for a federal gun charge conviction, former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine was served notice of a two count indictment related to the death of Angel Downs and subsequent court actions.
A grand jury last week true billed a charge of criminally negligent homicide against Nodine. A conviction on this charge, a Class A misdemeanor, carries a maximum sentence of not more than one year in the county jail and a fine of up to $6,000. Nodine also was indicted for perjury in the first degree regarding statements he made in an application of substantial hardship filed in court for the purpose of obtaining a court appointed attorney.
Conviction on this charge, a Class C felony, carries a term of one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
The grand jury no billed charges of felony murder, stalking, reckless manslaughter and heat of passion manslaughter.
"Considering the grand jury's no bill on murder and stalking, our office will be filing the required motions," Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon said. "We will focus our efforts on vigorously prosecuting the charges that the grand jury did find appropriate."
Nodine's court appointed attorney, Pascal Brujin said "while satisfied the murder and stalking charges are on their way out, we are baffled by the new charges as they have no basis in fact."
Dixon said she could not comment on the nature of the new evidence presented to the grand jury, but she did say that prosecutors and law enforcement officers put in countless hours evaluating new evidence, examining the testimony and evidence from the previous trial, interviewing witnesses, and studying the results of new tests that had not been done prior to the trial.
"It is important that we let the system work the way it is supposed to," Dixon said. "We said we would turn over every rock, and we did. We said we would show the grand jury all the evidence so that they could make an informed decision, and we did. Based on the evidence presented to them, those 18 citizens came to the conclusion that the murder and stalking charges were not appropriate, but these other charges are," Dixon said.