Judge says teen suspect in football game shooting tried as an adult

Published 4:15 pm Sunday, May 2, 2021

A teenager facing charges in the shooting of nine people two years ago during a high school football game in Alabama will face trial as an adult.

News outlets in Mobile say a judge ruled that Deangelo Dejuan Parnell will not be granted youthful offender status.

The shooting occurred in Aug. 30, 2019. Video and photos show the gunfire sent players and onlookers at Ladd-Peebles Stadium running for cover. Nine people were hurt.

Deangelo, who was a 17-year-old LeFlore High School student at the time, turned himself in the next day. He faces nine counts of attempted murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

At least one lawsuit has been filed over security at the game.

The defense argued last week that the defendant’s age and his lack of criminal history warranted youthful offender treatment. Prosecutors countered with school records showing 16 separate disciplinary infractions. Prosecutors also introduced evidence that Parnell was accused of assaulting and robbling a fellow inmate at Mobile Metro Jail in December.

Mobile County Circuit Judge James Patterson ruled in favor of the prosecution last week. He earlier had denied the defense’s request to exclude school and jail records.

An arraignment is set for May 13.