Man convicted of felony murder of Selma High School student
DALLAS COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - A man has been convicted in the shooting death of a teenage girl at Selma High School in 2013, according to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.
The case against a second suspect, John Jones, is pending.
Larry Hunter Jr,.22, was convicted Thursday night of felony murder in the robbery and shooting of Alexis Hunter after nearly five hours of deliberation. The trial started Monday.
The shooting happened in December 2013 on Franklin Street near the intersection of Memorial Avenue in Selma.
Three girls were walking on the track at the high school when two men, Jones and Larry Hunter, approached them. Witnesses said Jones took Alexis' phone and shot her. Witnesses also said Alexis called one of the men "Larry" before she was shot.
The other two girls gave their phones and fled.
Before the shooting, Jones and Larry Hunter were reportedly standing on the porch of an abandoned house when Jones said he needed to get money. That was around the time Alexis and her friends were walking by and Jones saw Alexis' phone and decided to approach the girls, according to court documents.
"It is sad that Alexis was killed over a cellphone and her friends were also robbed over a cellphone," Jackson said. "Alexis was an A-student who had her bright future snuffed out by some cold-blooded, very young gunslingers. School is supposed to be a place to learn schoolwork not a breeding ground for criminals."
Larry Hunter will be sentenced in three months and could face life in prison.
Larry Hunter was 18 at the time of the shooting. Jones, now 20 years old, was 16 at the time of the shooting.
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