ARRESTED: Former Achille Mayor speaks exclusively to News 12
The former mayor of Achille is in jail, accused of stealing from the town's police evidence room days after he suspended the police department.
A warrant was out for his arrest, and just before
he spoke with News 12's Dan Thomas.
"It's time to be held accountable for the actions I've been a part of," said former Achille Mayor David Northcutt.
In the interview Northcutt had no problem admitting to a number of crimes.
"You're accused of taking several guns, cash and drugs. Did you take those things?" Dan Thomas said.
"I did," Northcutt said.
In March, then-mayor Northcutt suspended the entire Achille Police department after this raid on a fellow town board member's home.
That's when Northcutt took possession of the evidence room.
He claims he never intended to steal anything, at first.
He says he went to make sure it was all secure but when he saw what was inside, he just couldn't help himself.
"Why did you do something like that?" Thomas asked.
"Well at that point in time I was getting food out of the local food bank as well. So I mean it was. Currently all my utilities have been turned off. I was 4 months behind on my mortgage," Northcutt said.
"How much of all of this has to do with your meth addiction?" Thomas asked.
"Had I not started using methamphetamine a year ago I don't think any of these issues would have occurred," Northcutt said.
Investigators say in early March, drugs, $11,000 in cash and several guns all disappeared.
Three of the guns were pawned nearby in Calera.
One gun ended up in the hands of a juvenile male who told an investigator he got it from Northcutt's home.
"I never gave any guns to any minors. I never gave any guns to any known criminals," Northcutt said.
Northcutt says there's more to the story.
"I strongly feel based on information that has come to light that I wasn't the only one to break into that locker," Northcutt said. "I know there was rumors that there were rape kits in there. I never saw, nor touched or destroyed anything of a rape kit or anything along those lines. I want that first and foremost answered."
Northcutt also faces burglary and meth possession charges from an incident in October.
In March he claimed a local businessman attacked him at a convenience store because Northcutt is openly gay.
"Still no arrest in that situation. And given what's happened in the national media with Jussie Smollett, a lot of people comment on line thinking that maybe you made it up. What do you say to those people?" Thomas asked.
"I certainly didn't make that up. You can ask any witness that was there. I awoke in a pool of my own blood," Northcutt said.
Northcutt says that beating also affected his judgment the night he decided to steal from the evidence room.
"Even when there's no one there, in the darkest of nights, Christ is still there by my side," Northcutt said.
"What's next for your life?" Thomas asked.
"From here I hope to go have lunch with my aunt. After lunch I'll be going to turn myself in at the Courthouse," Northcutt said.
He never made it to the courthouse on his own.
Just as he finished his meal, the Durant Police showed up and asked him to leave the restaurant.
"You're looking at 33 years in prison as best we can count. Are you ready for that kind of time?" Thomas asked.
"I'm a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason. Before this year I actually had considered prison chaplaining. I hope not to get 33 years. But I know that everything happens for a reason and God will put me where he needs me to be," Northcutt said.