17-year-old Birmingham man charged with murder after March shooting

In March, a 15-year-old Birmingham teenager was killed in Railroad Park. Just recently, police arrested a 17-year-old man for his alleged involvement in the shooting and charged him with murder. Police aren't saying specifically what led them to the 17-year-old man. However, they did note that the teenager was arrested peacefully at his place of employment around 5:15 p.m.

The shooting occurred on March 17. Authorities say the park was filled with people the night of the shooting. People there say they heard six shots fired. Police do not believe that the 15-year-old was the intended target.

This specific case got a lot of attention. Birmingham's mayor William Bell joined police at a press conference to announce the recent arrest. Mayor Bell hopes that this arrest will deter other young people from taking part in violent crimes.

"You cannot fire a gun, kill someone and expect to get away with it,'' the mayor said.

Although Birmingham officials feel confident that the accused in this case is in fact guilty, they cannot rush to conclusions. Even in tragic cases, like this one, the accused remains innocent until it can be proven in a court of law that he or she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Police have not elaborated as to how the accused was identified as the alleged shooter. They may have relied on eyewitness accounts. However, doing so may not always be wise, especially in a case like this in which the park was filled with hundreds of people at the time of the shooting. Eyewitnesses may provide inaccurate information.

Source: al.com, "Birmingham Police charge teenager in March homicide at Railroad Park," Carol Robinson, April 30, 2013

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