Convicted Killer Gets Millions Awarded
A Cherokee County Jury awards a convicted killer millions of dollars in a civil trial. Barbara Roberts, a woman serving a life sentence with no parole in connection with the 2006 slaying of her ex-husband's new wife-Martha Roberts- was awarded two million dollars in punitive damages plus $60,000 in compensatory damages in the outcome of a civil trial last week against Rome attorney Steve-Lanier. Robert's civil suit claims that Lanier and former Cherokee County attorney Rodney Stallings-who according to the Alabama State Bar has been disbarred and is currently facing two counts of Theft of Property 1st Degree in an unrelated case -took thousands of dollars from her and refused to either return an unearned portion or of taking more money than she had consented to. Lanier has said he will appeal the decision and vows to fight the verdict and firmly believes the decision will be reversed. Barbara Roberts was convicted in August, 2008 of the murder of Martha Roberts.