MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine had nothing to say toreporters as he walked into Metro Jail. Nodine was booked on drugcharges stemming from an incident in December when marijuana wasfound in his county issued truck.
"God will, God will show the way and have mercy on everyone,"said Nodine as he was exiting the jail.
But, according to Baldwin County District Attorney Judy Newcomb,Nodine could soon be facing a more serious charge.
"We have determined that the evidence indicates that Angel Downsdid not intentionally take her own life, that the investigationinto this case is ongoing and continuing, that we are using all ofour resources to conduct a thorough investigation so that we canbring this matter to a resolution," Newcomb said.
The district attorney said Nodine is the only suspect in themurder investigation. But so far he has not been charged in thatcase.
The grand jury also indicted Nodine on separate impeachmentcharges. Those charges include willful neglect of duty, corruptionin office, incompetency, substance abuse, and moral turpitude.
The impeachment report states Nodine was under the influencewhen he drove his truck to a Mexican restaurant in Daphne afterDowns was killed.
The report says during his extra-marital relationship with AngelDowns, he committed multiple acts of domestic violence.
And the grand jury says between March 2009 and January of thisyear, Nodine obtained more than 24 hundred Lortabs from at leastnine different pharmacies in four states from at least fourdoctors.
Nodine's impeachment case will go to trial in the next 20 to 30days, and a jury will decide if he should be removed from office.But Nodine could avoid an impeachment trial if he resigns.
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