Murder suspect has his day in court


Johnny Lee Chapple will not see or taste freedom for the rest of his life.

 Chapple on Thursday was sentenced to "life without the possibility of parole plus 10 years" by a jury at the courthouse.

Superior Court Judge Steve Bradley handed down the sentence, while District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale and Assistant District Attorney Tammy Coffey prosecuted for the state.

Chapple decided to take his case to trial, where he was accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in the heart on Valentine's Day 2022. Latoria Waller was 30.

Some people around town may remember Chapple from the Food Depot, where he was a longtime employee. Chapple, 36, has been arrested at the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office 15 different times. Past charges include disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, simple assault, criminal trespass–family violence, felony burglary, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime, battery, possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, DUI and obstruction of an officer



According to investigators, Chapple was Waller's live-in boyfriend. Waller’s body was discovered early the next day in a bedroom of the home at 104 Towns Street, located near the old Southside school and off of the Vinson Highway. Waller was still fighting for her life when first responders arrived, but she later passed away at an area hospital.

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