timberland coat Capital murder trial begins
TUSCUMBIA Opening statements and testimony are slated to begin this morningin the capital murder trial of a Florence man who is charged in connection with the 2016 shooting death of a Tuscumbia resident. Gardner, questioned potential jurors throughout the day Monday to narrow the pool down to a jury of 12, plus alternates.
Young is accused of being involved in killing Ki Jana Freeman, 19, and injuring Tyler Blythe, who was 17 at the time. The shooting occurred March 1, 2016, outside Spring Creek Apartments on Avenue A in Tuscumbia.
Police Chief Tony Logan said Blythe was flown from the scene to Huntsville Hospital to be treated for numerous gunshot wounds. He has been released and still is recovering from his injuries.
Freeman died at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield.
Riley Earl (Trey) Hamm III, 30, Grove Avenue, Muscle Shoals, was charged with murder and hindering prosecution.
Thomas Hubbard, 33, 1100 Midland Ave., Muscle Shoals, and Peter Capote, 24, same address, have been indicted on charges of capital murder, first degree assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
De’Vonta Bates, 21, 106 Market Ave., Muscle Shoals, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to conspiracy to commit murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.
Police said the shooting was captured on security video at the apartment complex. Police said Young was also one of the suspects who got out of the vehicle and shot at Freeman and Blythe.
Investigators said the shooting was in retaliation for someone breaking into the house of Hubbard and taking a television and a Xbox. Police said Hubbard believed it was Freeman and a friend of his who did the burglary.