Huk-A-Buk murder trial begins

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 19, 2003

The capital murder trial of Derrick Calhoun is under way and already a flurry of moves from the defense have been filed, said District Attorney Gary McAliley, who is prosecuting the case.

Calhoun is on trial for the Oct. 17 murder of Roy Faulkner, owner of the Huk-A-Buk barbeque restaurant north of Troy on County Road 17.

&uot;They've asked for time to get a ballistics expert,&uot; said McAliley. &uot;The state has already performed those tests, but they want to examine the projectiles and if they get their request, the trial may be continued since it would take longer than between now and March 10 to do the tests.&uot;

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Calhoun also made a request to change the venue of the trial to another location. Judge Bill Barr, who is adjucating the case will have to determine whether or not Calhoun can get a fair trial in Pike County.

Faulkner was shot during a robbery of the restaurant. Reports from the time of the murder said an SKS assault rifle was found and linked to the crime and then-Gov. Don Siegelman offered a $5,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the capture of the suspects.

Calhoun was arrested and charged with the robbery on Oct. 19, but the charges were not elevated to murder until Faulkner died in a Birmingham hospital on Nov. 13. Calhoun was 19 at the time of the shooting and was indicted at the same time as Kenneth Andre Cargill.

Stephen Stetson can be reached at stephen.stetson