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Rep. Will Dismukes indicted on felony theft charge

Dismukes said he will not resign, but if convicted, he would be automatically removed from office.

An arrest warrant was issued for Alabama State Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Prattville, in August 2020 for felony theft from a business where he worked.

Alabama state Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Pratville, on Tuesday was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury and charged with felony theft. 

Dismukes is charged with first-degree theft of property, a Class B felony, according to court records. The theft allegedly occurred at Dismukes’ former place of employment, Weiss Commercial Flooring Inc., between the years 2016 and 2018, according to court records. 

The indictment states that Dismukes is charged with stealing more than $2,500 in flooring and construction materials.  

“I will tell you that the alleged amount is a lot more than that,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey in a press briefing in August after an arrest warrant had been issued for Dismukes. 

APR’s attempts to contact Dismukes on Friday weren’t immediately successful, but Dismukes told WSFA 12 News that he does not plan to resign. 

“We feel really good moving forward, and we know my innocence will come to light in the trial,” Dismukes told the station. “I will not be resigning from my House seat because I have done nothing wrong.”

Dismukes faced calls to resign in June 2020 after posting to Facebook an image of himself attending a birthday celebration for the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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Criticism increased as word spread that Dismukes attended the celebration on the same weekend that the late Congressman and Civil Rights hero, Rep. John Lewis, was honored in Selma, where Lewis was beaten during the 1965 across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. 

Dismukes in a statement at the time said his attendance at the gathering was in no way meant to disrespect the passing of Lewis.

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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