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Innocent Victim's Mother Speaks

Brenda Bennett, the mother of shooting victim Romanda "Speedy" Mitchell, describes the scene of the crime. Brenda Bennett, the mother of shooting victim Romanda "Speedy" Mitchell, describes the scene of the crime.

Brenda Bennett lives in West Wetumpka with her family.  Just before she got up for work Saturday morning, the unthinkable occurred right outside her house.

"Had I stayed in a little longer, I might have been out this morning when this was going on," Bennett explained.

Luckily, she wasn't harmed.  However, her son, Romanda Mitchell, 35, was--as shots rang out in their yard.

"The tree's got bullets in it over here."  Bennett described the scene to WSFA 12 News.

"He was trying to dodge a bullet and took a bullet," she said.

At that point, Mitchell became an innocent victim of a shooting sparked by a separate argument between Prattville and Wetumpka residents at the local armory.

"As some of the guys from the Prattville area had mentioned the fact that they were going to come back and kill somebody," explained Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.

Hours later, at around 4:30 Saturday morning, the men carried out their threat, firing multiple rounds on Wetumpka's Crenshaw Drive.

After the tragedy came good news.

"We have four men in custody right now," Franklin said.

The suspects in custody are all teenagers.  All except one are from Prattville.  Each suspect is behind bars under a $500,000 bond.

Brenda Bennett says the tragedy of this morning's shooting affects more than just her own family.

"Innocent lives, including their own lives.  Their parents are suffering just like I am," Bennett admitted.

Sheriff Franklin tells WSFA 12 News the four men are charged with murder at this point, but charges could be upgraded to Capital Murder if they determine the shots came from inside the suspects' vehicle.

 

Reported by:  Cody Holyoke

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