(Updated) Former AL Senate Majority Leader Zeb Little allegedly stole more than $25K from client trust funds

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Zeb Little (Cullman County Sheriff's Office)

MONTOMERY, Ala. – Former Alabama Senate Majority Leader Zeb Little, 50, turned himself in Thursday in Cullman after being indicted by a Cullman County grand jury on three counts of first-degree felony theft of property. Cullman Police Department Capt. of Investigation Becky Boyd told The Tribune Friday morning that the case has been taken over by Alabama Attorney Gen. Steve Marshall.

Marshall's office issued the following statement Friday: "Following an investigation by the Cullman Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office, Attorney General Steve Marshall’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence to a Cullman County grand jury on Feb. 11, resulting in the three-count indictment. Specifically, the indictment charges Little, an attorney, with three counts of first-degree theft of property for stealing a combined total of more than $25,000 of client trust funds."

Marshall's office said no further information about the investigation or about the defendant’s alleged crimes other than that stated in the indictment may be released at this time.

If convicted, Little faces a potential penalty of two to 20 years on each theft of property count. First-degree theft of property is a Class B felony.

Little, of Tuscaloosa, a Democrat and native of Cullman, served in the Alabama Senate representing District 4 from 1998 to 2010. He was the Senate Majority Leader and Floor Leader of the Senate from 2002 to 2010, when he was defeated by Republican Paul Bussman.

Little was booked into the Cullman County Detention Center Thursday on a  $15,000 property bond and has since been released.

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