Baldwin County

Jury finds Christopher Corson guilty of capital murder

Update Monday, 11/5/2018

A jury has found Christopher Corson guilty of capital murder in the death of Darlene Rawlins. It took the jury about an hour to reach the verdict after the week-long trial.


Original Story 10/29/2018

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) -- Almost two years after a shocking murder in Baldwin County and the trial of the man accused in the crime is set to begin Tuesday.

An almost two-year wait is nearly over.  Christopher Corson is set to stand trial for the murder of Darlene Rawlins.

On January 26, 2017, a bizarre crime discovered after a traffic stop off Highway 59 in Foley. 911 operators had been getting calls for about half an hour about a white SUV that appeared to have blood dripping out of the back gate.

The body of Darlene Rawlins of Robertsdale was found in the back of that SUV. Days later before investigators would find out the murder happened in a field off County Road 34 in Summerdale. Investigators say Corson shot Rawlins in the head while giving her a hug.

Corson was in court Monday while attorneys whittled down the jury pool to the panel that will ultimately decide his guilt or innocence. The trial is expected to last all week and possibly could answer the one question that continues to linger, why?

The jury is expected to seated Tuesday morning, with opening arguments to begin after lunch.

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