William "Ben" Darby
Ben was a well-trained Huntsville police officer who was forced to make a difficult split-second decision while responding to a dangerous 911 call. The situation was cleared by the Incident Review Board, and Ben’s actions were deemed justified. It was determined that he followed all applicable policies and laws.
However, soon after Ben was cleared, the Madison County District Attorney began to use him and his case as a political football. They offered him multiple plea deals, but Ben Darby firmly believed his actions were justified and resisted all pleas.
Ben was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He is not eligible for an appeal bond due to the excessive sentence he was given. He is stuck serving day-for-day until his appeal comes through.
Ben had a bright future, is married to the love of his life and is a blessing to many.
Ben is a Christian, husband, son, and has lived a life of service and honor. His love for his family and country, as well as his involvement in church and community is revered by all who know him. He honorably served as a police officer, risked his life for strangers, and now needs help as he fights for his own life.