Student had been expelled from TC when arrested on terrorist charges
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA —A story in Thursday’s Daily Home regarding the arrest of Douglas Fredrick Powell for making terrorist threats against Talladega College students stated that Powell was a college student. The headline on the story also referred to Powell as a student at Talladega College.

Powell was not a student at the time of his arrest on Jan. 9, 2013. He had been suspended from the school Nov. 12 “based on events occurring on the same date,” according to a statement from Chad Woodruff, the college’s attorney. “At that time…Powell was escorted from campus by Talladega College personnel to his residence in Clay County. On Dec. 5, 2012, a due process hearing was conducted to review the Nov. 12 suspension, and Powell was permanently expelled from Talladega College. While Powell was a student on Nov. 12, which gave rise to the charges filed against him in the Circuit Court of Talladega County, he is no longer a student and is not permitted to return to the Talladega College campus.”

The threats were reported to the Talladega Police Department on the afternoon of Jan. 7,

according to Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens.

Powell, 23, “made statements to at least two school administrators that he was dissatisfied with a certain group of students. He said there was only one of two ways he could handle it. He could kill them all outright, or kill them one at a time,” according to Giddens.

Giddens’ office assisted Talladega police with the investigation.

According to Police Capt. Leon Thomas, Powell was arrested at his home by Clay County Sheriff’s deputies, who escorted him to the Talladega County line. There, he was met by two police detectives, who carried him to the Talladega County Metro Jail without incident.

Powell’s bond was set at $40,000 on his arrest warrant.

Making terrorist threats is a Class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

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