TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama have charged a 14-year-old with murder in the shooting of an 18-year-old woman found dead in a car.
Tuscaloosa police tell news outlets a 15-year-old is also charged in the slaying with first-degree theft, abuse of a corpse and obstructing governmental operation. Police say officers responding to a report of an abandoned car on Sunday found the body of 18-year-old Elexis Lashelle McCool in the back seat.
Captain Kip Hart, with TPD, says the teenagers are brothers.
Investigators believe they were riding with McCool over the weekend. They say the 14-year-old was in the backseat with a gun and began shooting out the window. At some point, they say he brought the weapon back into the vehicle. That’s when they say the weapon discharged through the seat, hitting McCool and killing her.
Police say tips reported to authorities led officers to charge the teens. Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Capt. Kip Hart says the teens’ identities aren’t being released because of their ages. He says they’ll be held at a juvenile detention center pending a hearing.