A local mother has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder in the shooting of another woman. As an Alabama criminal defense lawyer, my firm has represented clients in situations similar to 42-year-old Yolanda Seay, who was arrested in mid-August at her home in Birmingham. According to news reports, Seay was taken to county jail after a judge set her bond at $120,000. Conspiracy and solicitation are serious charges that require a skilled legal professional well versed in Alabama criminal law and knowledge of the Alabama criminal appeals process.

This woman’s situation is very complicated because Seay has been linked to crimes allegedly committed by other family members over the years. Seay’s sons, Cortez, Martez and Demarius have been charged or convicted at various times with separate slayings and attempted murder. News reports indicate that only recently did police connect Yolanda Seay with some of the crimes committed by her sons.

Investigators reportedly believe that Yolanda Seay played an active role in the planning and solicitation of the shooting of Kandi Hawkins, a witness against two of her sons in separate cases. Hawkins was shot in June and apparently left for dead. She reportedly survived the shooting, however injuries suffered during that incident left her a quadriplegic and she is currently being cared for at an undisclosed location.

Seay’s first-born, 25-year-old Martez, has been charged with capital murder in the May execution-style slaying of Lonnie Vaughn, a Vestavia Hills father of two who was found in northeast Jefferson County, nude and shot multiple times. Hawkins also is charged with capital murder in that case. Martez Seay has also been charged with solicitation for murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting of Hawkins, who reportedly was his girlfriend.

The youngest Seay son, Demarius, is awaiting trial for capital murder in the April 2008 shooting death of a 17-year-old Parker High School student. Demarius is also charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Hawkins.

According to news reports, Yolanda Seay’s middle child, Cortez, pleaded guilty and was sentence to life in prison for the 2004 murder of a 50-year-old man at a drug house. Cortez Seay was convicted of killing the man over a money dispute.

Mom burdened when three sons implicated in Birmingham murders is now charged too, AL.com, August 17, 2009