Lawyer of Elba principal, Debra Strickland, asks folks not to convict his client on social media posts

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GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN)— Late Saturday afternoon, the Alabama Law Enforcement agency reports Debra Strickland was traveling north on State Highway 87 in Geneva County, when she crossed the centerline.

It would lead to a collision with a vehicle driven by a Kentucky woman, who had two passengers who were seriously injured.

Authorities say the 38-year-old Elba Elementary Principal left on foot, and was later arrested on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury.

Strickland’s attorney, David Harrison, says the hate appearing on social media against his client, is making it difficult for her to have a fair trial.

“I’m saying constantly on social media people try somebody,” Harrison said. “They convict and then sentence them. Let’s just wait until we get all the evidence in. Why would someone do that.”

Harrison says his client received a leg injury in the wreck, and it would be quite difficult for her to take off from the scene.

On Thursday night, the Elba City School Board is meeting in a special session. It’s unclear if Strickland’s arrest will be discussed during the meeting.

She is on administrative leave, and Harrison hopes the board will not take any action against his client until they have all the facts.

“The Alabama Department of Law Enforcement is the best in the state,” Harrison said. “Let’s wait, I ask that all the board members wait until all the board members get all the evidence and let’s go from that point.”

WDHN News will keep you updated on this story as it develops.

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