Clifton Lamar Dodd, 41, of Lincoln, was indicted Thursday by the grand jury on the charges, including one count of sending a threatening letter to former Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Teresa McClendon on April 4, 2011. The indictment was filed in U.S. District Court in Birmingham.
McClendon said by phone Thursday that she recalled being sent such a letter, but she doesn’t recall Dodd, and the matter was sent to federal prosecutors to investigate.
She said she didn’t lose sleep worrying about the letter, McClendon said.
“I have more concern about the guys that greet me in the grocery store line and go, ‘Hey Mrs. McClendon’,” McClendon said. “The question is, ‘Did I prosecute you? Do you like me or not?’”
Dodd was also indicted on charges of mailing, or causing the mailing of, extortion letters on June 15, 2011, that threatened the lives of U.S. District Court Judge L. Scott Coogler, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Tommy Nail, lawyers James O’Kelly and Sheila Weil, and Jefferson County Jail inmate Michael Bole, according to the press release.
In the final count, Dodd was charged with causing an extortion letter to be sent to former Alabama Sen. Jim Preuitt, R- Talladega, on Sept. 28, 2011.
The letter Preuitt received stated, “I didn’t forget about you. I want my money. All of my money ... Get my money or die,” according to the indictment.
The June 2011 extortion letters were mailed from Calhoun County, where Dodd was in custody at the time awaiting trial on federal charges of sending 23 anthrax hoax letters in 2010, according to the press release.
Dodd pleaded guilty to those charges just before his trial was to begin in July 2011, the press release stated. The September 2011 extortion letter was delivered to Preuitt while Dodd remained in jail awaiting sentencing, according to the indictment.
Preuitt was also one of the 23 recipients of the anthrax hoax letters Dodd was convicted of mailing in 2010, according to the press release.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby also received one of Dodd’s 2010 letters, as did two Talladega County state court judges, Talladega County Sheriff Jerry Studdard, several Talladega County Jail inmates in the jail at the same time as Dodd, and two police investigators from Lincoln and Oxford who had interviewed Dodd, according to the press release.
Dodd was being held Thursday in the Federal Correctional Institution in Oakdale, La., according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.
Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.