Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | 3:01 PM
Haleyville attorney, Jerry Dean Roberson, was arrested Friday afternoon, January 8 and charged with Escape, 3rd degree; Promote prison contraband, 2nd degree; Obstructing government operations; Disorderly conduct X2; Harassment and possession of marijuana.
According to the Winston County Jail Administrator, Roberson obtained entrance to the jail by following two investigators into the building. When asked what was his business at the jail, Roberson replied he wanted to see his client. However, the name given to the jailer was not an inmate. This confrontation escalated with Roberson shouting, all the inmates were his clients and since he had successfully won several lawsuits against the jail, he would do it again and sue DHR on behalf of all the inmates. He claimed to be the best lawyer in Winston County. When asked to leave, three times, Roberson refused. The Chief Deputy and County Investigator were called to the jail, again asking him to leave. He was then escorted off the premises. Roberson then went to the Sheriff's office. When confronted by Sheriff Walker, Roberson made threats by yelling and screaming at everyone. Sheriff Walker elected to detain him, however, Roberson left the building and went across the street where he was met by an employee and they both left in Roberson car. A few minutes later, he was arrested in the Gateway parking lot. He was placed under arrest and brought back to the Winston County jail. As he was being booked in, he was searched and reportedly, a small amount of marijuana was found on the ground where he had been sitting. According to witnesses, he acted erratically, irritated, combative and violent.
Roberson was placed in the Winston County jail where he has remained since Friday with a cash bail set at $60,000.