October 1, 2018 Press Release
Jefferson County District Attorney Mike Anderton announced today that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed the 2017 jury trial, conviction and Life sentence of Keith Alexander for Rape in the First Degree.
Alexander was identified by several witnesses as the individual beating the victim. When the police responded, the defendant was seen by two police officers sexually assaulting the victim. The victim had significant injuries including bruises, a black eye, and a bleeding lip. The victim was treated at UAB Hospital. The cases were prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Deborah Danneman and Nick Rayburn.
Anderton said, “I am pleased that the Court of Appeals recognized the evidence in this case and the manner in which it was analyzed by the Jury. These cases are particularly difficult but, when we can give some comfort to the victim and prevent others from being victimized, it is a good day. This is just one more example of citizens seeing something and reporting it. With such reporting, comes quicker police response, so much so that the police were able to be eyewitnesses to the crime. Thank you to the citizens who chose to get involved.”
A charge against a defendant is merely an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.