Former State Sen. Lowell Barron Indicted; Pleads Not Guilty

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By Alabama News Network

Former state Sen. Lowell Barron of Fyffe has entered a not guilty plea and waived his right to an arraignment.

Barron's attorney, Joe Espy, filed the court papers Tuesday in Fort Payne.

Barron and a former campaign aide, Rhonda Jill Johnson, were indicted in April on six ethics and campaign finance charges stemming from Barron's unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2010. They 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.

Johnson is scheduled for arraignment June 24.

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Duane Donecker said on Tuesday, Jun 11 at 7:38 PM

He should just plead quilty, if the charges are this specific right down to the Toyota Camry then the DA has what he needs to put these two behind bars, or what ever the minimum penalty may be. Makes you wonder what Barron was getting from Johnson besides her hard work for her to get these perks of the job, and he didn't even when the re-election!!

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