Two former Winston County deputies say Sheriff Hobby Walker fired them after they refused to give him marijuana form the evidence room last year. Now they're suing him for wrongful termination.
According to a lawsuit filed on Jan. 13, former deputies Zak Green and Steven Moody said Walker asked them multiple times to get him marijuana for his cancer-stricken aunt.
These requests allegedly began on May 20, 2015 after Green confiscated marijuana during a search warrant execution. He said Walker put the seized drugs in a drawer and asked Green to get him more.
"Sheriff Walker advised that it was not for himself but for his aunt that was dying of cancer and needed the marijuana to help her with her appetite," the lawsuit alleges.
Green and Moody say Walker asked them multiple times for more marijuana after that. During this time, they alleged the sheriff tried getting marijuana during other law enforcement eradication but was having difficulty getting it.
The pair said they later contacted authorities, including the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, state attorney general's office, and FBI. Their attorney, Jay Stover of Gadsden, said one of the cooperating agencies advised them to record some of their conversations.
Here is one of those recordings provided by Stover.
They delivered marijuana to the sheriff a final time on Sept. 23.
Green and Moody were fired on Nov. 30. They said they believe it's related to the sheriff's requests.
"They were directed to break the law," Stover said. "Now they have to sue to protect themselves."
The Winston County Commission is also named in the lawsuit.
No charges have been filed at this time, something Songer said is "not right."
"In Alabama, it's called distribution, on top of tampering with evidence," he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Senior Trooper Johnathan Appling said, "Consistent with Agency policy, ALEA's State Bureau of Investigation does not discuss possible criminal investigations or special inquiries."
AL.com has also reached out to the Winston County Sheriff's Office, FBI and other agencies involved in the case. No other comments have been returned at this time.