Dothan, AL (WTVY)- A judge repeatedly sought clarification Friday regarding why Reverend Kenneth Glasgow is charged with capital murder. However, he won’t decide for a few days whether to dismiss the charge against the community activist and founder of The Ordinary People’s Society.
Dothan police concede Glasgow didn’t fire shots that killed 23-year old Breunia Jennings March 25 but allege his involvement rises to the level of murder under Alabama’s complicity laws.
Jamie Townes, the alleged triggerman, rode with Glasgow and two others during a search for Townes’ car that Jennings apparently stole on Blackshear Street, per testimony.
Dothan Police Investigator Justin Dodson testified the car was spotted about three miles away. Townes, he said, got out of Glasgow’s car and shot the driver, Jennings. Townes apparently thought she was a man because her head was shaved, and she was dressed in men’s clothing.
Dodson also testified the vehicle suffered damage due to Jennings’ erratic driving before it struck the car driven by Glasgow one or more times.
Police say Glasgow initially told them the car was driven by his girlfriend who had recently purchased the 2018 Toyota Camry and he called her several times asking that she come to the scene. There was apparent concern whether insurance would be valid with Glasgow driving.
Glasgow, according to Dodson, said he didn’t know Townes had a gun and when gunfire---14 shots---rang out on Lake Street he crouched inside the car.
Defense attorney Derek Yarbrough asked Houston County District Judge Benjamin Lewis to dismiss the capital murder charge because Glasgow didn’t commit a crime. Lewis seemed to grapple with understanding why Glasgow was arrested but withheld a ruling until he reviews the case.
“I think we made valid arguments but with the case under advisement I’m not going to make any comment,” Yarbrough said as he left the courtroom.
Assistant Houston County District Attorney Russ Goodman also declined to speak about the case.
Glasgow’s arrest generated lots of attention and the courtroom was packed during the hearing, mostly with supporters. While there had been rumors of a public demonstration outside the courthouse none materialized.
“I just feel optimistic. We don’t know what the judge is going to do but what he said is encouraging,” said Reverend Raymond Brown, president of a civil rights activist group based in Louisiana who traveled to Dothan in support of his friend, Glasgow.
The mother of Jennings believes Glasgow is guilty in her daughter’s murder and hopes the charge won’t be dismissed. “(He) had time to make 10 phone calls to somebody but not the first one of them was to call for help,” Lakesia Reeves said.
Glasgow remains jailed without bond as does Townes who is expected to have a preliminary hearing next month.
The two others riding with Glasgow and Townes were not charged.