Digmon, Fletcher arrested

Published 9:41 pm Friday, October 27, 2023

An Escambia County Board of Education board member and an Atmore newspaper reporter were arrested tonight on a reveal evidence grand juror, witness, etc. charge, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office jail report.

District 6 Board Member Sherry Digmon, 72, and Don Fletcher, 69, both of Atmore, were arrested at 5:33 and 6:04 tonight, according to the ECSO.

Digmon is also the owner and publisher of the Atmore News. Fletcher is a reporter with the Atmore News.

Both were released earlier tonight.

Both have been arrested on Alabama State Code 12-16-215, which states: Grand juror, witness, etc., prohibited from revealing, disclosing, etc., a juror’s questions, considerations, etc.; no person to directly, indirectly, etc., by any means obtain information as to juror’s questions, considerations, etc. No past or present grand juror, past or present grand jury witness or grand jury reporter or stenographer shall willfully at any time directly or indirectly, conditionally or unconditionally, by any means whatever, reveal, disclose or divulge or attempt or endeavor to reveal, disclose or divulge or cause to be revealed, disclosed or divulged, any knowledge or information pertaining to any grand juror’s questions, considerations, debates, deliberations, opinions or votes on any case, evidence, or other matter taken within or occurring before any grand jury of this state. Nor shall any person at any time, directly or indirectly, conditionally or unconditionally by any means whatever, corruptly or with intent to influence a grand juror or other person authorized by law to attend a grand jury, or by threat of harm to person or property, or by force applied to person or property, or by threatening letter or communication, or by offer of reward, remuneration, gift, benefit or thing of value of whatever nature or kind, obtain or endeavor to obtain, any information pertaining to, or any knowledge of any grand juror’s questions, considerations, debates, deliberations, opinions or votes on any case, evidence or other matter taken or transpiring within or before any grand jury of this state.

 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.