Bad blood and rival gangs are said to be responsible for the gunfire that left five people injured in an Alabama high school football game last month.
A grand jury will consider charges of attempted murder against Jai Scott and the teen defendant after Mobile County District Judge George Hardesty found that prosecutors had given sufficient evidence during a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.
Another man, Hezekiah Belfon, is currently wanted by police on charges of shooting. Bellfone has not been seen since the shooting.
According to Detective John Scroggins, Belfon, Scott and the teenager, as well as members of four rival gangs that were shot during the October 15 game.
Scroggins testified that one of the wounded, Jacob Morgan, was involved in an altercation with Scott two weeks before the shooting.
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In the October matchup between Vigor and Williamson High School, Scott and Morgan were seen talking and lecturing each other in a stadium surveillance video.
Scroggins testified that the pair were not in the same video frame, but investigators used time signals to determine if they were talking to each other.
Shortly after the conversation, according to court testimony, a group of about 20 or so people began running toward the ramp toward Scott and two other accused.
Later, he pulled out his Belphon rifle and began firing.
According to Scoggins, investigators set the shell casings in the stadium for a pistol, and Troy police found Troy University football player Reginald Todd in his car. After the shooting, Todd is accused of helping to hide the bellphone.
Scott’s defense attorney, Dennis Nijle, and the juvenile lawyer, said prosecutors failed to provide evidence that one of them knew Bellphon wanted to shoot anyone.
“My client didn’t have a gun,” Nizli said after the hearing.
“At best, he turned and talked to someone who was shouting at him. He was [then] He turned to walk away from the stadium and another man opened fire on four people. That’s it. ”
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