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Dismukes’ theft trial set for Jan. 9

Dismukes is alleged to have stolen well over $2,500 worth of flooring materials from his former employer between 2016 and 2018.

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.

The trial has been set for former District 88 Rep. Will Dismukes, who was indicted in June 2021 on charges of first-degree theft of property.

The trial is set for Jan. 9, after being delayed multiple times previously.

The original indictment alleges Dismukes stole more than $2,500 in flooring and construction materials from his former place of employment, Weiss Commercial Flooring Inc., between the years 2016 and 2018.

Although the exact value of the stolen materials has not been stated, Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey said the alleged amount “is a lot more than that.”

Dismukes arrest came on the heels of a separate scandal for the lawmaker, as he garnered criticism for attending the birthday celebration of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate ware hero and first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Despite the theft indictment and the previous calls to resign, Dismukes decided to run for reelection, but fell in the Republican primary to Jerry Starnes, who will take over the seat after defeating a libertarian opponent in the general election.

Dismukes’ charge is a Class B Felony punishable by up 20 years in prison.

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APR’s effort to reach Dismukes for this article wasn’t immediately successful, but Dismukes told AL Daily News last week that he “stands by his innocence.”

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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