Pete Wesson Trial to Begin Today

October 16, 2017
by Staff Reports


Update: “Sign and Decal maker extrodinare” Pete Wesson’s trial is expected to begin today in the courtroom of Judge Benjamin Graves. Today is scheduled for jury selection, with opening testimony expected to begin on Tuesday.

From November 2016: Pete Wesson, a local businessman who retired late last year, has been arrested in Florence on charges of possession of 55 images of child pornography. For many years, William Howard Wesson, better known as Pete, owned Signs by DE-Sign, also known as Wesson Signs, located on East Tennessee Street. He gained local fame for initiating a “Vote Them All Out” campaign aimed at the Florence City Council.

The 65 year old Wesson is a long time Tuscumbia/Florence resident who attended UNA and had a long business career beginning with a job as assistant manager at the Tuscumbian Theatre while he was in college. Wesson was also a familiar fixture at what was then the Baptist Student Union and a member of the UNA rifle team in the early to mid-seventies, graduating with a business degree in 1984. Wesson was also a recent post commander of the Florence American Legion Post.

The 1970 Deshler grad’s LinkedIn profile also lists: Class President, 1970 University Man of the Year, University Band, Collegiate Singers, Inter-Presidents Council, Celebrity Escort, University of North Alabama Rifle Team. (Target Shooting)

A friend offered the following statement: “I’ve known Pete since college. He really was a self-made man and I didn’t know anyone who didn’t like him. His parents were divorced and his dad was never in the picture. Pete has a lovely wife and their son was serving in the military for quite a while. I’ve always considered Pete one of the most patriotic guys I know.”

PNS will update this story when more information is available.

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