By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Monday, a man was gunned down in Montgomery.
State Auditor Jim Zeigler warned that this was worse because the victim appears to have been murdered for cooperating with authorities.
Zeigler, in a statement, said the victim was killed while leaving the courthouse. He called the situation “extremely concerning.”
“Many witnesses are already reluctant to talk to investigators and to appear in court,” Zeigler said. “With the killing of a witness leaving the courthouse, that reluctance could increase, especially if the defendant and friends are known to be violent, which is often the case.
It may be that protection is needed for witnesses. Even that protection will not keep witnesses from being afraid to become involved.
Investigating and prosecuting crime depends on witnesses willing to come forward and tell what they saw. If good citizens become even more reluctant to testify, criminals will be emboldened and prosecution will become even more difficult. The courthouse-area killing was much worse that just one more murder in Montgomery.”