Willis brothers in court on manslaughter charges

Baldwin County

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Charges have been upgraded for the brothers accused in the homicide of a Summerdale man earlier this week. Aaron and Brady Willis now face manslaughter charges in the death of Walter David Powers.

Appearing on a video monitor from the Baldwin County Jail, it appeared the brothers heard for the first time they were charged with manslaughter.

“Mr. Powers suffered blunt force trauma as a result of a fight with both Aaron and Brady Willis,” according to assistant district attorney Patrick Doggett.

Brady Willis is also charged with domestic violence in connection with the injuries sustained by his mother who tried to intervene in what authorities described as a brutal beating of Walter David Powers that eventually killed him. She remains in the hospital with a broken leg among other injuries.  The judge set his bond at a total of 60 thousand dollars for the two charges.

“Aaron Willis’s situation is different than his brother Brady,” Doggett told the judge.  “He is both on probation and bond at the time of this offense.  He has a prior felony conviction and is currently out on bond for a domestic violence case.”

The felony conviction is on an obstruction of justice charge from 2016.  Just last week Aaron Willis was before the same judge, William Scully on the domestic violence case involving his father. Ironically it was Powers who bonded him out of jail.

Prosecutors are now in the process of revoking both his bond and probation in those previous cases.

Judge Scully set Aaron’s bond at half a million dollars on the manslaughter charge telling Willis he didn’t deserve to be out on the street.

Manslaughter is defined as recklessly causing the death of someone but those charges could be upgraded when a grand jury hears the case.

What sparked the fight that killed powers is still unknown but prosecutors do say alcohol was involved.

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