PELL CITY – St. Clair County District Court Judge Alan Furr revoked probation and the bonds for two men who are persons of interest in the shooting death of the son of St. Clair County District Attorney Lyle Harmon. 

The men were identified as James Dylon Stewart, 27, of Pell City, and Michael Dale Iervolino, 32, of Odenville. 

On Thursday, Furr revoked probations for Stewart and Iervolino and denied bond on new charges against both men of unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle and theft of property.

Barry Matson, executive director of the Office of Prosecution Services, and J. Patrick Lamb, general counsel for the Office of Prosecution Services, were handling the initial proceedings for the state. 

Lamb said in court Thursday it is expected Iervolino will face two additional charges of the attempted murder of law enforcement officers. 

St. Clair County Sheriff Billy Murray said Stewart and Iervolino are both persons of interest in the shooting death of Nicholas Sloan Harmon, 20, of Pell City. 

“Law enforcement is working diligently to follow this investigation through its conclusion,” the sheriff said.

The men allegedly stole a white Chevrolet Silverado on the night of the deadly shooting. Neither defendant has been officially charged in connection with Harmon’s death. 

Lamb said Iervolino’s probation and bond needed to be revoked, saying the defendant has an extensive criminal record, a total of 15 felonies. 

Both men were advised of their rights and the current charges against them. Both were informed that a defense attorney would be appointed to represent each of them, if they could not afford one. 

Stewart denied in court Thursday that he was involved in the shooting of Harmon. 

“I didn’t do it,” he said. 

Stewart said he was trying to straighten out his life and was going to join his wife and child in another state after his 24 months of probation was completed, and after paying off all court fines and fees. 

He said there was no way he would do anything to jeopardize his future plans.

“I would never do something like that,” he said.

Court officials said another judge outside St. Clair County will most likely hear future criminal proceedings involving the cases against both defendants, and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office is expected to prosecute future cases involving both men.

St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said Wednesday that Harmon was shot and killed Tuesday night off Interstate 20 in Moody, shortly before 11 p.m.

Russell said the victim was shot while he was driving down Kelly Creek Road, near the Valero gas station, which is near the I-20, Brompton Exit 147. 

Harmon’s vehicle came to rest after hitting a guy wire to a utility pole. 

Russell said a passing Moody police officer initially though it was a wreck until the officer approached the vehicle. Russell said Harmon was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the shooting and was still wearing his seat belt. 

Murray said Thursday investigators worked three different scenes.

“We detained one person off Cline Road, which is just off Camp Winnataska Road,” he said. “A couple of hours later, another suspect was taken into custody near the same area.”

He said the deadly shooting is still under investigation. 

“ALEA (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency), the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and the Moody Police Department are working diligently to follow all leads at this time,” Murray said. “The case is evolving quickly.”

 

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