Trial date set for man arrested for placing flowers at fiancee's grave

Trial date set for man arrested for putting flowers at fiancee’s grave

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AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – A March trial date is ready for the east Alabama man arrested and charged with felony littering after putting flowers at his fiancee’s grave in Auburn. Hannah Ford was killed in a automobile crash the identical day she picked out a marriage venue along with her soon-to-be husband her, Winchester Hagans.

“She was probably the most lovely, loving, candy and wonderful, energetic individual I had ever met,” stated Hagans.

The couple met in 2019 and received engaged in December 2020 when Ford stated sure to Hagan’s marriage proposal. On January 17, 2021, the couple visited their future marriage ceremony venue in Notasulga, Alabama.

Hagans remembers Ford kissing him goodbye as she ready to drive house to Montgomery.

The flower field constructed for Hannah Ford by Winchester Hagans (Courtesy of Winchester Hagans)

“The final issues I heard her say had been, ‘I like you, and I hate leaving you,” stated Hagans.

Ford was killed shortly after in a three-vehicle automobile crash. She had simply turned 27 years previous.

“She was the individual I wished to spend the remainder of my life with. We had been so completely happy,” stated Hagans.

Hagans constructed a flower field coated with engagement footage to position at Ford’s grave at Auburn’s Memorial Park Cemetery. Hagans says the couple had a strained relationship with some members of Ford’s household, and somebody stored throwing the flowers away. Hagans stored rebuilding the field and placing the flowers again. Hagans says Ford’s household by no means instructed him on to steer clear of his fiancee’s grave and cease leaving flowers.

“I do know her spirit is in Heaven with Jesus, and we might be collectively within the new world, however that is the place her physique is. I simply grew up being taught that graves had been essential.”

Winchester Hagans

Final month, Hagans was on his strategy to preach at an east Alabama church when police pulled him over for an expired tag.

“The officer got here again and stated there was a warrant out for my arrests, handcuffed me on the facet of the highway on a Sunday morning,” stated Hagans.

Hanna’s father, Hayden Ford, had signed a warrant for Hagan’s arrest for felony littering.

Grievance (Municipal Court docket of Auburn)

The grievance, dated January 4 reads: An individual commits the crime of felony littering if she or he engages in any of the next acts: (1) Knowingly deposits in any method litter on any public or non-public property or in any public or non-public waters, having no permission to take action. Hayden Thomas Ford is the property proprietor of his daughter Hannah Ford’s cemetery plot positioned at Memorial Park in Auburn, Alabama. Roughly 7 -8 flower containers have been positioned on Hannah’s gravesite with out his permission. Winston Hagans has been suggested to not place unauthorized gadgets on Hannah’s grave. Winston has posted by way of social media “somebody retains throwing away the flowers I plant… however every time he throws them away, I will plant extra.” The flower field comprises images of Winston Hagans and Hannah Ford connected across the field.

Auburn police launched the next assertion after Hagans arrest: “In Alabama, sure burial plots are owned and managed by the household of the deceased and due to this fact are non-public property. Any citizen has a proper to pursue a felony cost upon displaying enough possible trigger exists to imagine a criminal offense has been dedicated. The person charged on this case turned himself in to the Auburn Police Division on January 24, 2022, after a warrant was signed by one other citizen. On this scenario, as is usually the case, the police division is just a course of server that enables events in battle to be earlier than the court docket. The information of the case might be offered by each events and weighed in Court docket.”

Winchester and Hannah (Courtesy of Winchester Hagans)

Hagans’ legal professional Jeff Tickal tells Nexstar’s WRBL Hagans has pleaded not responsible to the cost.

“Rick Hagans and his household are long-time buddies, and I’m completely happy to symbolize Winchester on this case. Winchester is a superb younger man, and we’re wanting ahead to telling his facet of the story and reversing this travesty introduced in opposition to him. This matter is ready for trial on March 17 in Auburn Municipal court docket at 2 pm,” stated Tickal.

As for Hagans, he nonetheless visits his fiancee’s grave typically and prays higher days are forward for all who cherished her. When requested what he would say to Hannah ‘s father, Hagans stated, “I simply need to have the ability to put flowers on her grave.”

WRBL reached out to Hayden Ford, however didn’t instantly hear again from him.