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Date: 09-29-2023

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United States of America v. Krystal Diane Pinkins

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00417

Judge: R. David Proctor

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Calhoun County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Anniston

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Description: Anniston, Alabama criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with murder, robbery, and unlawful use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

On August 14, 2022, a couple who were college students from Florida, were driving to Cheaha State Park, in Clay County, Alabama, to hike to see the waterfalls. The couple were flagged down by Yasmine Marie Adel Hider, 21, to help “jump start” Pinkins’ car which was broken down. Hider robbed the young male and female and shot the male as he attempted to defend himself and his girlfriend. Evidence proved Krystal Diane Pinkins, 37, of Memphis, Tennessee, aided in the crimes by providing the firearm, planning the robbery, and watching nearby in the woods as the robbery and murder took place. After the shooting, Pinkins fled into the woods and was found six hours later hidden in a secluded campsite.

Hider, who testified in Pinkins’ trial, is scheduled to plead guilty before Judge R. David Proctor on October 4, 2023

The FBI and the Forest Service Law Enforcement Investigations - U.S. Department of Agriculture investigated the cases, along with assistance from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama State Park Rangers, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, St. Clair Correctional Facility K9 Tracking Team, District Attorney of the 40th Judicial Circuit of the State of Alabama- Joseph “Joe” D. Ficquette (which includes Clay County), Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, Lineville Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Clay County Rescue Squad, Shinbone Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-County Children’s Advocacy Center, and Jacksonville State University Center for Applied Forensics. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Cross and John B. Felton are prosecuting the case.

18:1111 and 2 MURDER, FIRST DEGREE
18:1201(a)(1),(a)(2) and 2 KIDNAPPING
18:2111 and 2 MARITIME - ROBBERY
18:924(c)(1)(A) and 924(j)(1) VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN

Outcome: Defendant was found guilty by a jury. The maximum penalty for murder and unlawful use of a firearm during a crime of violence is life in prison. The maximum penalty for robbery is 15 years in prison.

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