First Responders
Stand with Darby
First Responders
Good Cause
Alabama
Created April 6th, 2022

My name is Keelin Darby. I am a police sergeant in the State of Alabama, and the wife of Huntsville Police Officer Ben Darby.

 

Officer Ben Darby responded to a suicide-by-cop scenario in 2018. After recognizing that his partners were not utilizing sound officer safety tactics by placing themselves in a potentially deadly situation without cover and concealment within a few feet of the armed subject, without their firearms drawn, Officer Darby placed himself in front of his partners and gave multiple warnings to the subject to put his gun down, which he was pointing at his head. After making a furtive movement with his head, shoulders, and firearm and after believing that his life and the lives of his partners were in imminent threat of great bodily harm or death, Officer Darby shot the subject, who was a known white supremacist. It was later discovered that the subject told his neighbor (a witness) that he intended on luring police officers into his home to kill them because he hated cops.

 

After an Incident Review Board was conducted by the Huntsville Police Department, the department found that Officer Darby’s actions were within policy and justified under the rule of law. The first two officers were sent back to the academy for remedial training and later resigned. Officer Darby returned to work, and within 2 months a secret grand jury was convened by the district attorney. Officer Darby was charged with murder. Officer Darby was given a plea deal consisting of probation and NO CUSTODY time if he accepted an aggravated manslaughter conviction, which he refused. The police chief, city council, and mayor of Huntsville supported Ben Darby and paid the initial legal fees.

 

During the trial, the judge prevented exculpatory evidence from being heard by the jury, including relevant testimony by the neighbor and others, as well as applicable case law that would have exonerated Officer Ben Darby (Graham v. ConnerTennessee V. Garner, Montoute v. Carr, Garcynski v. Palm Beach Sheriff's Office). This trial was closed to the public—not open to family, friends, or me, due to Covid restrictions. He was denied qualified immunity and after multiple plea deals consisting of NO prison time, my husband went to trial. During the trial, the DA compared Officer Darby to a regular civilian who barged into a random person’s house, shooting, and killing them. Officer Ben Darby was sentenced to 25 years.

My husband now sits in an Alabama prison along with pedophiles, gang members, and career criminals. The National FOP wrote a brief and legal response to this case, along with Chief McMurray of the Huntsville Police Department. This catastrophic situation has devastated our family and left us in significant financial crisis as legal fees continue to mount while we continue our efforts to appeal his conviction in this ongoing legal battle to free my husband. Any help from our supporters as we share our fundraiser with our networks would be greatly appreciated as this miscarriage of justice continues each day that he spends behind bars. 

Updates

November 29th, 2022
Keelin Darby, Organizer

We had our Oral Arguments hearing on November 10th, and we believe it went well. All of the feedback we have received from those in attendance has been positive.

We are now waiting on the AL Criminal Appellate judges to publish their decision regarding our appeal. This decision could come at any moment, but there is no timeline or deadline the judges must meet to make their decision. We are hoping and praying that they publish their decision soon, but again, they will make it whenever they are ready.

We want to again say how thankful and grateful we are for the support we have received from everyone and the funds that continue to come in. The financial donations have greatly assisted Keelin pay for legal fees for Ben. We are blown away by the generosity we have received!

September 1st, 2022
Keelin Darby, Organizer

We just received news that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has granted oral arguments in Ben's case!Oral arguments allow for attorneys to discuss specific points of an appeal in more depth to the judges panel.Oral arguments are highly sought for in every appeals case, but only have a 2% likelihood of being granted due to the amount of cases that are appealed.
WE BEAT THE 2%!!!The Court specifically wants to discuss Ben's 6th Amendment Constitutional right violation of not having a public trial and the basis of Graham v. Connor and the objective reasonableness standard. If we all remember, the public was not allowed to hear all of the trial because the judge would turn off the video feed without warning or cause throughout the proceedings.The judge also erred by not properly instructing the jury of the USSC case of Graham v. Connor. Specifically, the reasonableness of an [officer’s] actions in using deadly force may be objectively reasonable judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, the fact that officers are forced to make split second decisions, [and] in light of the facts and circumstances confronting them at the time.November 10, 2022 cannot get here fast enough! Thank you all for your continued support! This is one step closer in vindicating Ben and restoring his freedom! 🇺🇸

August 25th, 2022
Keelin Darby, Organizer

I want to thank everyone for continuing to support us as we fight for Ben's freedom. This past weekend marked his first year being held in custody in an Alabama prison. Ben wrote a letter for his supporters that I have included pictures of below.

We are still waiting on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to make a decision on his case. Again, they do not have a timeline or a deadline to make this decision. We continue to pray that today would be that day, or a day in the near future would conclude with a decision to reverse his conviction. Until then, we will continue to fight for Ben's freedom and pray for a decision to be made.

Thank you again for the support and God bless!

June 7th, 2022
Keelin Darby, Organizer

Ben and I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that has been shown to us by everyone's comments and through your donations! I have read every comment to him as they come in and every time Ben expresses his thankfulness. I have added a letter that he wrote to everyone to express his thanks.

We are still waiting on the Alabama Appellate Court to look at Ben's case and make a decision. There is no time table as to when they will make a decision or look at his case, but we pray that it is very soon. Thank you again for your kindness that you have shown to us. 

Donations & Comments

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Anonymous
Anonymous donated $3,000 Top 3 Donor

My prayers are with Officer Darby and his family. His wife did an amazing job sharing the apparent injustice that has been done to Officer Darby via our court systems. Her intelligence, strength, determination, and faith she exhibited in her interview on the Cleared Hot Podcast, is a testament to a true partnership in marriage. I pray your faith and love for one another will keep you both strong through this battle.

8 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your generous donation, prayers, and support! It is greatly appreciated!

Anonymous
Anonymous donated $1,500 Top 3 Donor
8 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your donation! It is greatly appreciated!

Andrew Keene
Andrew Keene donated $1,000 Top 3 Donor

@clearedhot fan just trying to back the blue with more than a sticker. This fight is about more than Ben’s case, it’s about preserving law and order which is the backbone of our nation. Keep fighting!

8 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
5 days ago

You are correct in this is more than a fight for Ben. It's a fight for law enforcement nationwide. Thank you for your donation. It is much appreciated!

Bruce Leader
Bruce Leader donated $100

I am extremely hopeful that your nightmare will finally end!!

2 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your donation!

Theo Thielen
Theo Thielen donated $20
3 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your donation!

Anonymous
Anonymous donated $200
3 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your donation!

Claude Burris
Claude Burris donated $50

Many many stand with you. I can't imagine your pain. Former leo

3 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your donation and for standing with us.

Anonymous
Anonymous donated $25

Keep up the fight, this is such a violation of rights. Prayers for your family.

3 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your donation and your prayers.

Anonymous
Anonymous donated $50
3 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your donation!

Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens donated $20
3 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your donation!

Mariah Rutherford
Mariah Rutherford donated $100

Harrison and I are praying for you both. "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." - Joshua 1:9

3 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your prayers and support! It means so much!

Anonymous
Anonymous donated $20

Another $20 and a bump. Still thinking about you guys ever since I heard you on Cleared Hot podcast.

3 months ago

Reply from Keelin Darby
3 weeks ago

Thank you for your continued support! We are very appreciative.

Anonymous
Anonymous donated $40
3 months ago
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