Alabama lawmaker Demetrius Newton dies

Alabama State Representative Demetrius Newton passed away at his home in Birmingham. Newton was 85 years old. A cause of death is not yet known, although Newton had been ill for some time.

He{}served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 1986, representing District 53 which includes part of Jefferson county.{}Newton was the first African-American Speaker Pro-Tem of the House, a position he held from 1998 to 2010.

This is a developing story. No funeral arrangements have been announced