MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Wilmer teenager charged with attempted murder said he was trying to scare a Mobile County sheriff's deputy when he shot into the deputy's car near his home. That's according to testimony today during 17-year-old Devin Evans' bond hearing.
Evans is charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
The deputy was cut with glass, but not seriously injured.
DEFENDANT GREETED BY GRANDMOTHER
Evans was limping as he came into the courtroom Thursday morning, July 11.
When he walked in his grandmother, Tressie Weaver, got up from her seat and said, "I'm the one who raised him," and walked toward him. But courtroom police asked her to sit down.
A sheriff's office corporal said Deputy Travis Long was sitting in his patrol car when Evans began shooting from a single barrel shotgun at a distance of 20 to 25 yards away.
Prosecutor Jo Beth Murphree said, "It's just a miracle he was not killed."
The prosecution said 18 pellets sprayed from two shells, hitting Long in the right arm and also struck the backseat, the center of the windshield, and above the windshield.
Murphree said, "I think that was important, because even though the defendant gave a statement saying he was not intending to kill the deputy, I think, if you look at the facts of his actions, if you fire two shotgun blasts from approximately 25 yards away, and it hits right in the middle of the vehicle, the car where the deputy was, it certainly looks like that was what he was intending to do."
Defense attorney Steve Orso then told Judge Joe Basenberg that even if Evans fired the shots, he did a stupid thing and young people at his age do dumb things.
Orso said, "He's a 17-year-old kid who's never been in trouble with the law before. He's a good kid. He did not know the deputy sheriff, had no beef with him. So far, there's been no motive to try to kill a deputy sheriff. That's not what happened, and more will come out later."
DECISION ON THE BOND
The prosecution asked for a bond of $100,000. Judge Basenberg set the bond at $125,000.
One of Evans friends or family members then said "Oh God."
REACTION TO THE BOND
As she left the courtroom, Weaver was asked if she wanted to say anything.
She said, "I don't want to say nothing. Not one word."
Murphree said, "I think that's fine. $100,000 is what we asked for in this case. The judge gave $125,000. Obviously, we have no complaint with that."
Orso said, "A case like this, it didn't surprise me that it was a high bond. I'm happy we have a bond. We've got a lot of work to do on that."
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