Unconscionable, and the mug shots show two of the murderers smiling…
EAST BREWTON, Alabama – A Chickasaw man who was beaten and stabbed to death in his own home was laid to rest Thursday.
Carroll Jordan died Saturday after the attack in his home January 27.
“I believe a lot of people are still angry, not only us but the people that have been seeing it on the news and on the internet too, I believe people were outraged at the way it was done and the things that happened,” said Jordan’s nephew Donald Johnson.
Friends and family attended his funeral and some who didn’t know Jordan personally.
“I just wonder what happened to people,” said Carol Ellington. “Somewhere along the line we failed.”
Three people have been charged in his murder, 21-year-old DeAngelo Terrell Smith, 19-year-old Yasmine Munnerlyn and 20-year-old Carlos Nottingham. Police say say the crime was motivated by robbery.
If convicted they could face the death penalty.
“I feel sorry for them that they had to stoop so low to do something like this to get a few dollars and they should have went out there and got a job,” said Johnson.
Carroll Jordan was 86 years old.
In a decision made later today, the capital murder charges were withdrawn, which means they will not be subject to the death penalty, as the above article notes.
All three of the suspects had prior arrests.
The reason for the withdrawal of the capital murder charges:
On Wednesday the District Attorney said the charges would be downgraded to attempted murder and 1st degree robbery.
“The autopsy has now been completed and as horrible as these defendants actions were that day, the cause of death has now determined to be complications from surgery due to an aortic aneurysm that Mr. Jordan had,” said District Attorney Ashley Rich.
Rich says she consulted three doctors and says the evidence does not support a conviction of the murder charges.
Of course, Mr. Jordan wouldn’t have needed the surgery but for the attack.
HT: Optimuscorn, Jeff Gunn for update