MONTGOMERY, AL., -- Attorney General Troy King announced the conviction of Leon Carmichael Jr. for capital murder in the shooting death of Judge Rodrigues Jackson on May 3, 2006. Carmichael was found guilty by a jury in Montgomery County Circuit Court following a trial that began on Monday.
Attorney General King's office presented evidence from four eyewitnesses who saw Carmichael shoot and kill Jackson in front of the victim's grandmother's home in the 400 block of Troy Street in Montgomery. Carmichael came to the grandmother's home, where Jackson was seated in the car of an acquaintance. Carmichael argued with Jackson and as Jackson was getting out of the vehicle, Carmichael shot him twice, once in the neck, and once in the shoulder. Jackson, who was 28, died on the scene shortly afterward. Testimony indicated the dispute may have been over personal and financial matters.
At the time he murdered Jackson, Carmichael was on parole, having been released from prison seven months earlier for a 1991 murder. Because Carmichael was on parole for a previous murder, his murder of Jackson was a capital offense. He faces the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole.
"It is my strong recommendation and hope that the judge will impose a sentence of death for this killer," said Attorney General King. "Carmichael has killed before, and given a second chance, he killed again. His victim's family and friends deserve justice, and our citizens deserve protection from those who repeatedly and without remorse continue to kill."