Mobley said he was 'pressured' to give false testimony against a fellow
former state narcotics officer who helped convict a fellow agent of murdering
an informant's wife 16 years ago now claims he was pressured into giving
R. Mobley said in a two-page affidavit that "I testified untruthfully"
in the trial of Grady Gibson, who is serving a life without parole prison
term for murdering Dana Hart in 1985.
Gibson never confessed to me that he murdered Dana Hart," Mobley said in
the affidavit that was filed this week in Butler County Circuit Court.
"I manipulated Grady's actual statements into a confession because of the
threats against me."
who declined to discuss the case Friday afternoon, said in his affidavit
that the "pressure" was applied by several of his Alabama Bureau of Investigation
supervisors, but a state prosecutor said Friday that the former agent's
claims "are nonsense."
Attorney General Joe Marston also said Mobley, who lives in Montgomery,
may now have opened himself up to possible perjury charges because of the
hasn't got his lies straight," Marston said. "His testimony at the trial
was very, very minor anyway. It was like a footnote. This was a totally
circumstantial case, and the evidence presented at trial was sufficient
for a conviction."
since his conviction in 1987, Gibson has been trying to win a new trial.
was convicted by a Butler County jury of murdering Hart, who was the wife
of his informant, Eddie Hart, for $150,000 in insurance money. The policy
was taken out two weeks before she was murdered, and her husband was the
said Gibson and his informant, who is serving a 50-year prison sentence,
stabbed and beat Dana Hart to death off I-65 after they stopped during
a drive to the Gulf Coast.
Attorney General Don Valeska, who prosecuted Gibson, said Friday that Mobley's
affidavit "doesn't change a thing" about Gibson's guilt.
(Gibson) just doesn't like being in jail," Valeska said. "The evidence
hasn't changed a bit. We don't pressure anybody to testify. He (Mobley)
testified before the jury and took an oath to tell the truth. Obviously,
perjury is a crime."
51, a former Marine who served in Vietnam and is a graduate of the University
of Alabama, insisted at his trial that he was on a fishing trip in Baldwin
County when Dana Hart was killed.
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