3 teenagers ‘having a good time’ charged with collateral murder in 2015 Alabama crime spree
November 21, 2016 - Picnic Time
Four immature Decatur residents, including 3 teenagers, who were “having a good time” when they killed dual men, attacked others and shot into homes will be attempted as adults.
Joseph Cowan, 22, Cedric Cowan, 17, Amani Goodwin, 18, and Cortez Mitchell, 18, were denied childish delinquent standing in orders expelled currently by Morgan County Circuit Judge Jennifer Howell. The dual Cowans are brothers.
The 4 are charged with collateral murder in a May 2015 killings of Antonio Hernandez-Lopez and Joshua Davis in Decatur. The killings were partial of a crime debauch that enclosed 6 armed robberies and dual shootings into homes in a southwest plot of a city.
“After clever consideration, it is systematic that a defendant’s focus for childish delinquent standing is denied,” Howell wrote in orders to any of a 4 suspects. A discussion was hold in Sep for Howell to hear arguments on extenuation a status.
When a purported crimes occurred, Joseph Cowan was 20, Cedric Cowan and Mitchell any were 16, and Goodwin was 17.
Any suspect underneath 21 years of age during a time of an purported crime can request for childish delinquent status. Courts typically cruise things like rapist history, mental state, age, childhood experiences, earnest of offense and purpose in a purported crimes, when regulating their extended choice to establish who is postulated childish delinquent status.
When granted, childish delinquent standing seals any serve justice annals compared with a box and carries a judgment of no some-more than 3 years, no matter that crimes were committed.
Because a 4 were denied childish delinquent status, a comparison Cowan, Joseph, faces possibly life in jail but a probability of release or a genocide penalty, if convicted. Those are a usually sentencing options for collateral crimes in Alabama.
However, a Supreme Court has taboo a state from putting a other 3 defendants to genocide since they are juveniles.
The Court also has ruled there contingency be some-more than one sentencing option; therefore, a teenagers expected would face possibly life but release or life with a probability of parole, if convicted.
The group’s four-day crime debauch began on May 13, 2015 with mixed robberies in the park behind Julian Harris Elementary School on McAuliffe Drive Southwest. Three teenagers were attacked of jewelry, mobile phones, automobile keys and wallets.
A print taken in a Decatur High School lunchroom regulating one of a stolen phones was a mangle in a review that led detectives to assign a 4 suspects.
“Detective (Mike) Burleson perceived information that one of a victims in a case, who had his dungeon phone stolen, had purchased a new phone,” according to justice records. “In a routine of syncing his new phone with iPhone cloud service, a plant beheld an different masculine in a design that had been taken a day after a robbery.”
It turns out Mitchell took that print and concerned himself, a Cowan brothers and Goodwin in several of a crimes, military said. Goodwin and a younger Cowan reportedly were students during Austin High.
Hernandez-Lopez’s physique was found fibbing underneath a carport during his Albert Street Southwest home when military responded to a 911 call on May 15, dual days after a Julian Harris robberies.
A crony who lived during a home told military by a Spanish translator that he and Hernandez were smoking cigarettes and celebration drink when a organisation of organisation showed up, armed with guns. The victims were done to distortion face down on a belligerent as a suspects attacked them. Hernandez’ crony pronounced he ran for his life when he listened shots being fired; he ran to his boss’ residence and reported a shooting.
On May 16, officers detected Davis’ physique in Wilson Morgan Park when a male reported anticipating it in a cruise area underneath a pavilion.
Mitchell after concerned a comparison Cowan, Joseph, as a shooter.
For a minute timeline of a crimes reported during a spree, click here.
The suspects any are charged with 3 depends of collateral murder.
If convicted, a 4 also face adult to life in jail for any of 6 depends of first-degree robbery, a Class A felony.
They any face adult to 20 years in jail if convicted of one of dual sharpened into an assigned home charges, that is a Class B felony. The second charge, a Class C felony, is punishable by adult to 10 years imprisonment.
The killings were a initial homicides in a city of about 55,000 residents in scarcely dual years. The final one reported was in Aug 2013.
“They seemed to only be going around meditative they were carrying a good time,” Decatur military Capt. Nadis Carlisle told reporters during a news discussion to announce a charges on May 17, 2015.
The 4 will be arraigned Dec. 19 during 10 a.m. At that time, a defendants will enter their pleas of guilty or not guilty. The invulnerability also has a choice to beg not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect.
A discussion on tentative motions is scheduled for Mar 24, 2017 during 10 a.m.