Officer convicted of murder still gets paid in Alabama

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This booking photograph from Friday, May 7, 2021, shows Huntsville, Ala., police officer William Darby, who was convicted of murder in a fatal shooting that happened in 2018. Prosecutors argued that Darby had no justifiable reason to shoot Jeffrey Parker as Parker held a gun to his own head. (Madison County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The city of Huntsville says a police officer convicted of murder in a shooting has been taken off duty following the verdict but will continue to be paid.

News outlets report that a city spokeswoman says Officer William Darby can’t continue working as an officer because of the conviction but he’ll remain on paid leave as the city works through its personnel procedures.

Darby is free on $100,000 bond after being convicted Friday in the killing of Jeffrey Parker in 2018. Evidence showed Darby killed the man as Parker held a gun to his own head.

Jurors rejected defense claims that the shooting was justified.

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