*Hat Tip: Phillip King
A 41-year-old Eclectic man was charged recently with felony incest after a lengthy investigation.
Ricky Winston Smith Jr., who lists an address on Lindsey Road, was arrested by the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office on July 9.
ECSO Chief Ricky Lowery said an initial report against Smith was filed in April and authorities investigated it for several weeks before sending evidence gathered from the investigation to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for analysis. A warrant for Smith’s arrest was issued shortly after the results came in.
“The findings supported the case of incest,” Lowery said.
According to court documents, the victim is a juvenile related to Smith by either blood or marriage.
Incest is a Class C felony. If convicted, Smith could face up to a decade in prison.
As of July 19, Smith remained in the Elmore County Jail on a $150,000 bond. Smith’s initial appearance at the Elmore County Courthouse was scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 11. As of July 19, the date for a preliminary hearing had not been scheduled.