Man charged in deadly Birchwood Street shooting

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(Courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest following a deadly shooting on Birchwood Street last Friday.

On Monday, detectives obtained a warrant against 18 year-old Jauvon Travis Leonard. Leonard was charged with reckless manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Avonte Damall Washington.

“According to witness statements, Leonard and the victim were in the residence talking,” the JCSO stated in a statement released Tuesday. “Leonard recklessly pointed a firearm at the victim, inadvertently shooting the victim and killing him.”

Leonard is now in the Jefferson County Jail on $30,000 bond. 

This story has been updated to reflect an arrest has been made in the case since it first happened Friday, Feb. 21.


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