Arraignment Set for Former State Sen. Lowell Barron

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By Glenn Halbrooks

Former state Sen. Lowell Barron and an aide from this last campaign are scheduled for arraignment June 24 in Fort Payne.

Court records show Circuit Judge Randall Cole set the 9 a.m. hearing for the Fyffe Democrat and former aide Rhonda Jill Johnson of Scottsboro. They were indicted in April on six ethics and campaign finance charges stemming from Barron's unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2010.

Barron, 71, and Johnson, 47, are accused of diverting $58,000 from Barron's campaign account for Johnson's personal use and for non-campaign uses. They are also accused of transferring a 2007 Toyota Camry from campaign property to Johnson for non-campaign purposes.

Barron's attorney, Joe Espy, said Barron reported all the transactions on his campaign finance reports, and they were legitimate transactions to pay Johnson for work.

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