Investigators confirm gun used to shoot Commissioner Nodine's girlfriend was hers
GULF SHORES, Ala. Police investigating the shooting death of Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine's girlfriend have confirmed that she owned the gun that was used but have not determined who pulled the trigger.
Gulf Shores Police Lt. Dennis King also said this morning that Nodine, the only "person of interest" in the case, changed his clothes before meeting with investigators after the death of Angel Downs.
Baldwin Co. D.A Judy Newcomb said that forensic scientists did not conduct a gunpowder residue test on Downs' hand. She said Alabama's forensic scientists never perform that test because they believe it is unreliable.
WHAT?!?!?!?!? Since when is this test unreliable? If one shoots oneself in the head then there will be gunpowder and blood on the hands. This is the first time I have ever heard such a thing. Has D.A. Judy Newcomb ever used gunpowder residue test results to imprison anyone in Baldwin County? If so, will those people get new trials?
Where are the clothes that Nodine was wearing before he talked to police? If he shot her then there would most likely be gunpowder and blood on his clothing. Is that test unreliable, too? Has his home been searched? Was the truck cleaned before police impounded it? Why did it take three hours before Nodine turned himself into police? Why did he check himself into a psych ward yesterday? Is someone covering for him?
I don't need to tell any of you that things would be vastly different if it were you or I, first caught with marijuana and, then suspected in the death of our lover. We'd still be in jail on the first charge.
Also, how come Nodine, a "Family Values" Republican, was able to run around with Angel Downs in public for years, while elected, and no one say anything about it or use it against him during an election or not cause his "Family Values" supporters to call for his removal from office?
Just what is going on here?
BTW, DA Judy Newcomb says there will be news about the Nodine marijuana incident sometime today.