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2 charged after shooting in Alabama

Police in Alabama have taken two men, a 20-year-old and a 36-year-old Powell resident, into custody following a fatal shooting in Dekalb County. The incident is said to have taken place around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. The 20-year-old man has been charged with murder, and the 36-year-old has been charged with hindering prosecution.

According to police, the deceased was a 36-year-old Fyffe resident who was shot several times with an assault rifle in his home on County Road 578. After the alleged shooter fled, officers issued an alert, and the 20-year-old was identified. While investigating the incident after executing a search warrant at a home on County Road 538, officers uncovered the alleged murder weapon, still loaded with a 30-round magazine. Both of the individuals accused of being involved in the murder were taken into custody at that time after a negotiator persuaded the 20-year-old, who had displayed reticence, to exit the residence and surrender himself.

Sources say that several other people were in the home at the time of the defendants being taken into custody. Police negotiators were able to remove at least four family members from the home after having made contact with the defendants. The family members were allowed to return at approximately 10 a.m. the next day.

If someone is convicted of murder, he or she may face serious consequences such as life imprisonment. In addition, the state of Alabama recognizes capital punishment as a viable sentence for certain cases. As such, it behooves someone in a situation such as this to vigorously contest the charges as much as possible with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. In some cases, it may be possible for the attorney acting on a defendant’s behalf to offer mitigating evidence for the court’s consideration. Even if such mitigation were unable to prevent a conviction, it may be sufficient to minimize the severity of the sentence to a certain degree.

Source: AL.com, “DeKalb County makes arrest in deadly shooting; sheriff calls it ‘one of most violent murders’ he’s seen,” Paul Huggins, Oct. 12, 2014

Source: WTVC, “Alabama Man Charged With Homicide, Gives Self Up After Standoff”, October 13, 2014

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