By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter
A jury on Friday found Jefferson County District Attorney Charles Todd Henderson guilty of first degree perjury, a verdict that will cost Henderson his office.
According to media reports, Henderson could be seen crying after the verdict was read and his attorney, Jim Parkman, said the now-former DA was “taking it hard.”
Henderson was indicted on perjury charges after he served as a court-appointed legal guardian for a minor child involved in a custody dispute between her divorcing parents. At some point, Henderson entered into a relationship with the child’s mother, whom he later married, and when asked about the relationship by the judge on the case was less than honest about that relationship.
Henderson maintained that he never lied about the relationship, but misunderstood the judge’s question. He was quickly removed as guardian once the father in the case raised concerns.
Henderson was indicted a day before he was to take office and he has been on paid suspension since that time.
Gov. Kay Ivey will now appoint a new district attorney for Jefferson County.