Alabama attorney convicted of robbery, attempted murder

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AL.com reports a jury found 52-year-old James William Woolley guilty of robbery, kidnapping and attempted murder in a 2016 incident in which a man says he was lured to the basement of a Birmingham home, robbed and beaten.

Posted: Mar 2, 2018 9:03 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A former attorney has been found guilty of kidnapping a man and threatening to cut off his fingers and genitals.

AL.com reports a jury found 52-year-old James William Woolley guilty of robbery, kidnapping and attempted murder in a 2016 incident in which a man says he was lured to the basement of a Birmingham home, robbed and beaten.

Prosecutor John Hensley said that Woolley and another man attacked the victim with a machete and gun and put cigarettes out on him, threatening to kill him and his family.

Defense attorney Lois Beasley-Carlisle called the victim a "doper" who probably fabricated the incident because he owed Woolley money.

Co-defendants Monique Antoine Roscoe and Kimberly Murphy have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the incident.

Woolley will be sentenced in April.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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3/2/2018 4:18:05 PM (GMT -6:00)

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