Alabama teen faces murder charges after weekend shootings

When teenagers choose to engage in criminal activity, they may not realize the magnitude of their actions. Teenagers have their entire lives ahead of them. However, serious criminal charges can impact their future for years to come.

An Alabama teenager faces four counts of attempted murder and one count of murder after two separate shootings in a 24-hour period. Authorities say the 18-year-old man shot two other teenage boys after an altercation. One teenager was taken to the hospital. However, it does not appear that either one suffered life-threatening injuries.

A second shooting occurred later that day at an apartment. Police claim the 18-year-old began firing a handgun as he and some friends were playing dominos. Three women were injured. One of those women, a 17-year-old girl, died from her injuries. The others did not sustain serious injuries. Police say they are not sure what led the 18-year-old to allegedly open fire in the apartment.

Criminal charges of this nature are very serious. A person who faces murder charges could spend a significant amount of time behind bars if convicted.

While news reports imply guilt in these kinds of situations, the 18-year-old can only be convicted if and when prosecutors prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Many details in the case are likely to be uncovered in the weeks and months ahead.

Given the young man's age and the potentially harsh penalties he could face, the accused would likely be best served working with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can review the facts in a case to determine what the best defense strategy is.

Source: CBS 42, "No clear motive in fatal teen shooting," Leigh Garner, Jan. 14, 2013

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