The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 8, 2014

Athens doctor's trial underway

From staff reports

— Athens and Madison pediatrician Dr. Iqbal Memon, the father of Discovery Middle School shooter Hammad Memon, rejected a plea deal Monday morning, pleading not guilty on a felony charge of hindering prosecution.

Dr. Memon, 52, is accused of trying to help Hammad flee the United States for Pakistan ahead of his June 2013 murder trial. Memon was charged because authorities believed he was not being truthful during a search of the family’s Madison home.

Hammad and his mother, Safia Memon, were located in Dallas in April 2012. Hammad later pleaded guilty to the February 2010 fatal shooting of Todd Brown at Discovery Middle School in Madison. He is serving a 30-year sentence.

Safia pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution. She paid a $6,000 fine and is serving a year of probation.

Memon’s trial is being held in Judge Donna Pate’s courtroom in the Madison County Circuit Court. He is being represented by Huntsville attorney Barry Abston and prosecuted by Madison County Assistant District Attorney Melvin Lockett. The jury selection process was started Monday.

The charge of hindering prosecution is a Class C felony that carries a sentence of a year to 10 years in prison.