The charges stem from five checks made out to Linley Allred from the T.R. Simmons PTO’s account. The checks total $13,340, and the memo lines list various reasons for the checks, including “new p.a. system,” “5K T-shirts” and “scooters.”
The checks were written from Jan. 4, 2013, to May 13, 2013, and range in individual amounts from $2,000 to $3,500.
Linley Allred is the wife of Walker County District Judge Henry Allred. Because of that, he and District Judge Greg Williams, as well as Circuit Judges Jerry Selman, Doug Farris and Hoyt Elliott, have recused themselves from presiding over the case. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore appointed Pamela W. Baschab, a retired associate justice from Colbert County, to oversee the proceedings.
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair also recused himself and asked that a special prosecutor be assigned. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange appointed Randy Hillman, executive director of the Office of Prosecutorial Services in Montgomery, to prosecute the case.
Eddie Jackson, attorney for the PTO, said his clients had turned the matter over to the district attorney’s office and were leaving the rest up to the system.
Henry Allred issued a statement through the couple’s lawyer saying that he did not condone the alleged actions but would stand by his wife.
“I have known my wife, Linley, since high school, and we have been married for almost 10 years,” he said in the statement. “We have two daughters, Libby who is 8 and Addie who is 4. When we were married, I made a vow to her before God. I vowed to love and support her through both good times and bad. I will honor that commitment with all my strength because I love my family, and they are of the utmost importance to me.
“Neither Linley, nor I, will ever make any excuses for her actions, and Linley has accepted full responsibility for them.”
Henry Allred, through the attorney, also confirmed the money had been returned, “All money has been completely paid back. It was paid back before any charges were filed.”
Henry Allred also expressed gratitude for the support his family had received.
“I am thankful to our friends and family and our church family for their prayers for Linley and our girls,” the written statement concluded.