Former football player charged with capital murder of UAB nursing student

Published 6:25 am Thursday, December 24, 2020

A former UAB football player has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a nursing student on the school’s campus.

Police announced the arrest of Carlos Londarrius Stephens, 22. He is charged in the killing of 20-year-old Destiny Washington.

Stephens was a standout football player at Thompson High School, and then went on to play at UAB for his freshman year. Still a student, Stephens no longer plays football for the school

The deadly shooting occurred on Dec. 17 at 9:40 p.m. outside the student center at University Boulevard and 14th Street South.

Washington was with her boyfriend and was there to reportedly sell Stephens a pair of Airpods. Washington’s boyfriend reportedly realized the money from Stephens was fake and began to drive off when the Stephens reportedly fired a shot into the vehicle, striking Washington.

The boyfriend drove Washington to Children’s of Alabama – the closest hospital – where she was pronounced dead.

Stephens, of Alabaster, surrendered to police on Saturday.

Washington was studying to become a nurse. She was completing classes at Lawson State through UAB’s Joint Admission program and was set to graduate in May 2021 as a registered nurse.

“We are devastated that tragedy hit the UAB family overnight when a student lost her life after being shot in the parking lot outside the Hill Student Center. Police believe this occurred during a meeting arranged to sell headphones,” UAB said in a statement.