August 13, 1989 |
At first, the news from Washington gave Etowah County Dist. Atty. Jimmy Hedgspeth reason to celebrate. We have O. M., the police there were saying. Picked him up Friday night. When the call came one morning early last December, O. M. had been missing for six months, ever since a baby boy died during a firebombing on the west side of this small town 60 miles northeast of Birmingham. Authorities had filed arson and murder charges against O. M.