A 30-year-old white, National Guardsman trying to earn some extra money by selling his new rifle, was the picture painted by the prosecutor to portray Ronald Henderson.

A 20-year-old black, drug dealing, gang leader, who orchestrated the robbery and intentional murder of Ronald Henderson, was the picture painted of Robert Earl Council.
From the testimonies of several witnesses, toxicologist reports and other documentary evidence, the facts are clear and speak volumes to the events which ultimately resulted in the tragic death of Ronald Henderson and Robert Earl Council’s sentence to die in a cage.

Prior to the sham, the State of Alabama vs. Robert Earl Council, investigators and prosecutors knew that a robbery in the 1st degree never occurred. They also knew that Council was not present during the alleged theft by deception. Furthermore, the theft was neither committed by force nor by threat or representation of any force. Toxicology reports prove that Henderson being intoxicated as well as under the influence of crack cocaine, were the result of Henderson dropping the rifle while trying to demonstrate its mechanics. Thus, Marcus Neal caught the riffle, gave it to Willie Adams, who then ran out of the house with the riffle. This sequence of events does not meet any form of the definition of Robbery.

Prosecutors and Investigators knew that after Henderson lost his rifle in Dale Green’s house, and watching Willie Adams and Marcus Neal run towards Larry Brooks house, he drove off in a mad rage while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. After circling the block, he saw Brooks car pass through the upcoming intersection, then commenced to chase the car. He, eventually caught up to Brooks car, then forced it off the road.

Prosecutors and Investigators also knew that the death of Ronald Henderson was caused in a last minute effort to prevent him from causing intentional, physical injury to Robert Earl Council and the other passengers in the car. They knew these facts, but yet they completely disregarded what they knew and created a flimsy conspiracy theory, which conflicted with the evidence.

This act elevated a self-defense shooting to a Capital Murder charge- the highest criminal offense in the Alabama Criminal Code.
In spite of the facts surrounding the threat to Robert Earl Council’s life by Ronald Henderson, the Prosecutors Office manipulated testimony, destroyed eye witness accounts of the shooting and manipulated the judicial process in order to give Robert Earl Council a death sentence for the death of Ronald Henderson.

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