Sodomy, sex abuse suspect rejects plea agreement, will face trial

William Brownlee
William Brownlee

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – One of the suspects in an alleged child sex abuse case has rejected a plea agreement by the state to second degree sodomy and sex abuse charges.

William Brownlee’s lawyer, Thomas Pilcher, said his client changed his mind and told him he didn’t want to go to jail for something he claims he didn’t do.

Brownlee, along with several other family friends and that family’s relatives, have been arrested on sex crime charges in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

In May 2012, Brittney Wood disappeared. Since then, the case has taken several turns.

Investigators said she was last seen with her uncle, Donald Holland, Sr. They said he committed suicide with Brittney’s gun just days after she was reported missing.

Since then, her relatives and family friends were arrested.

Dustin Kent and an uncle, Randall Scott Wood, were arrested, along with Brittney’s mother, Chessie Wood, cousin Donald Holland, Jr., Aunts Wendy Holland and Mendy Kent, and brother Derek Wood.

Family friends arrested were Jennifer Moore, James Cumbaa, Nelton Morgan and Brownlee.

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