Jury finds Tillman guilty of murder

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA – Former Vincent pastor Timothy Dane Tillman was convicted of the murder of his wife during a retrial June 22.

According to Shelby County Circuit Court Supervisor Jill Smitherman, sentencing will take place on Aug. 28 with Circuit Judge Dan Reeves presiding.

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During a 2009 trial, Tillman was originally convicted of murdering his wife, Janet Lorita Tillman, in the parsonage of the Vincent Revival Center on Oct. 26, 2005.

Tillman was also accused of depositing a loan solicitation check sent to Janet Lorita Tillman three months after she died resulting in an additional forgery charge.

According to previous reports, on Sept. 30, 2011, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Tillman was inappropriately tried for both murder and the possession of a forged instrument during the 2009 trial.

Tillman was retried on June 22 due to a petition filed by the Attorney General’s Office asking the Alabama Supreme Court to reverse the ruling. The Attorney General’s Office argued that the murder and forgery charge should not have been consolidated.

Phone calls to the district attorneys office, which prosecuted Tillman, have not been returned. Assistant Public Defender Dennis Jacobs, who represented Tillman, declined to comment.