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WAAY31 is now learning accused killer, Jimmy Spencer, was arrested in June for drug related items and resisting arrest just one month before he was charged with murdering three people in Guntersville. The murders happened about six months after Spencer was paroled in January 2018, despite the fact that he was supposed to be serving a life sentence for his crimes in Franklin County.
According to an arrest record, Sardis police officers arrested Jimmy Spencer on June 15th and charged him with resisting arrest, attempting to elude the officer, and drug paraphernalia. All of those charges are misdemeanors. We know Spencer was released on those charges on June 19th from the Etowah County Jail.
WAAY31 has filed an open records request with the town of Sardis and the police department to obtain the background story of Spencer's June arrest. We have also requested body and dash cam footage of the arrest as well.
We have also filed two open records requests with the Alabama Pardon and Parole Board wanting to know what were the conditions of Spencer's parole and if his arrest in Sardis violated his parole. If it did, why wasn't he sent back to prison?
We are also asking the board to show us proof they notified Spencer's past victim in Franklin County and the Franklin County District Attorney's Office about his parole hearing in November 2017, which lead to his release in January 2018.
According to the parole board action sheet, obtained by WAAY31 through an open records request, two board members paroled Spencer because they said he had a positive conduct record while in prison, which isn't exactly true. While Spencer was in prison he got charged with escape and assault.
The parole board also checked a box saying he had a 'low to medium' risk of re-offending, despite the fact that he was a career criminal with numerous charges dating back to the 80's.
WAAY31 has also requested a sit down interview with Cliff Walker, the parole board chairman and one of the board members who paroled Spencer, but we have yet to hear back from him. We are anxiously awaiting Mr. Walker's response to our request for an interview.