Alabama man killed during argument over broken necklace; police say killing was in self-defense

Published 11:34 am Friday, September 17, 2021

Alabama police say an argument over a broken necklace led to a fatal shooting last weekend.

Early Sunday morning, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they were called to the 200 block of 18th Avenue Northwest after a caller advised hearing gunshots.

The investigation revealed that Maurice Carter, 31, had come to the location and began arguing about a necklace that had been broken earlier during a fight.

Witnesses told deputies Carter brandished a handgun and began pointing it at person at the resident.

The person was able to back away from Carter and eventually retrieved a shotgun and fired it once at Carter, who died at a UAB hospital later that day.

Investigators and the district attorney’s office have determined the shooting was in self-defense and thus no charges will be filed.