Family of murder victim questions justice system after suspect’s release

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BARBOUR COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The family of a Barbour County murder victim is questioning the justice system after the suspect is still free after being arrested multiple times.

“We wanted the justice system to handle it, and we feel like the justice system has failed somehow,” mother-in-law Sandra Lowery said.

Barbour county deputies responded to a “shots fired” call where they found CJ Kenneth Phillips, 26, shot dead. The man was reportedly shot by his neighbor Alex Cord Forshee between their two homes.

Lowery said that she now believes her daughter’s life to be in danger.

“He’s been arrested three times since then, he still out on bond, and I feel like he’s a danger to me and my daughter,” she said.

At the time of the incident, investigators told WDHN they would release more information at a later date. Since then, Lowery contacted us saying nothing has been done.

Court records show that Forshee, a convicted sex offender, may now go back to jail. A motion to revoke his bond has been filed for his latest arrest for a domestic violence incident on or around Feb. 8, 2020.

“They’re telling us everyone deserves a bond, but how many times do you have to get on a bond and go to jail before justice has to be served?” Lowery said. “How many more people have to get hurt before justice is served?”

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