Thursday, December 29, 2005

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

From WSFA channel 6:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- One man is dead and another is in police custody today after an attempted robbery at a Tuscaloosa gas station.
Surveillance video shows the two men entering the Raceway on McFarland Boulevard wearing ski masks around 2:45 Thursday morning.

The store owner says one of them, a 19-year-old man, put a gun to his head and demanded money.

That's when the owner says he grabbed his own gun and started shooting, killing the 19-year-old.

The owner then pointed his gun at 22-year-old Jamie Marcus Witherspoon and told him to get on the ground where he held him until police arrived.

Lieutenant Lloyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa Homicide unit says the owner is not being charged with any crime because it was a case of self-defense.
Also at December 29, 2005 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A gas station clerk shot and killed a robbery suspect early Thursday and held a second man until Tuscaloosa police arrived.

Lt. Loyd Baker, commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit, said the shooting occurred about 2:15 a.m. at the Raceway station on McFarland Boulevard.

Eric Dewayne Baggett, 19, was killed. An alleged accomplice, Jaime Marcus Witherspoon, 22, of Moundville, was charged with first-degree robbery and held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Baker said Witherspoon and Baggett, wearing a ski mask, allegedly demanded money as the two entered the store, Baker said.

Baker said the 29-year-old clerk, who was counting cash when the two suspects entered, grabbed his own handgun fired at the masked gunman.

"When the suspect points his pistol at clerk, the clerk shoots and kills one of the suspects," Baker said.
UPDATE: From January 17, 2006 channel 13:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A grand jury has cleared a Tuscaloosa convenience store manager who shot and killed a would-be robber.

The panel found that the manager, who was working as a clerk at the time, acted in self-defense when he shot 19-year-old Eric Dewayne Baggett on December 29 at the Raceway station on McFarland Boulevard.

The report also notes that the clerk did not kill alleged accomplice Jaime Marcus Witherspoon of Moundville, but rather held him at gunpoint until police arrived. The 22-year-old Witherspoon was arrested at the scene. He is charged with first-degree robbery and remains at the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $20,000 bail Monday.

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