Opening statements today in Childersburg shooting trial
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA COUNTY – A Talladega County Jury will hear opening statements and witness testimony today in the four assault cases against Jermaine Donquintez Hall, 24. Hall is accused of shooting four people at the Sadie Lee Homes Housing Project in Childersburg on June 14, 2012. In each case, he is charged with assault in the first degree, with assault in the second degree as a lesser offense.

The case is expected to go to the jury sometime Wednesday. Circuit Judge Julian King ordered two other juries to be struck Monday afternoon that will be trying misdemeanor cases Thursday and Friday.

Hall is believed to have used either an SKS or an AK-47. The weapon was not recovered.

Three of the victims in the case were 17 years old at the time of the shooting, and the fourth was 18. All four were male.

Hall also has a pending charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle at the McDonald’s in Childersburg around the same time, but will not be tried on those charges this week.

A conviction for assault in the first degree with a firearm carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison. A conviction for assault in the second degree with a firearm carries a penalty of 10 years in prison.

Across the hall, a separate jury was selected to hear the appeal of a woman convicted of domestic violence harassment from the municipal court in Lincoln. If her conviction is upheld, she faces up to 12 months in the Talladega County Jail.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com

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