BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The case against four men accused in the shooting of a jefferson county deputy is going to a grand jury.
All four men were in court today for a probable cause hearing that took place inside the criminal justice building. At the hearing, a judge heard testimony from two members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office before making his ruling.
The suspects, Stephen Gadson, Antuan Riggs, Antaurean Riggs and Dejuan Dedrick all sat next each other as testimony was given. The deputy that was shot sat in the courtroom with his crutches.
A detective and member of the undercover narcotics unit gave their account of what happened at a home on Dowell Avenue Southwest on June 30. Investigators say they were executing a narcotics search warrant when shots were exchanged between deputies and the suspects.
The detective stated that Antuan Riggs admitted to firing shots, and also claimed stephen gadson fired shots as well.
“You heard their account of it, and that’s fine. But what the jury gets to see, what the jury gets to hear, what we know what happened, it’s a totally different story,” said Darryl Bender, a lawyer representing Antaun Riggs. “But trust me, the account of how the entry was made, who went in, how they went in, where the deputy was shot [and] how he was shot, it didn’t happen that way.”
Stephen Gadson’s attorneys stated that their client did not fire any shots.
This case is now off to a grand jury.