Dadeville mass shooting suspect to be tried as an adult
TALLAPOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Another of the six suspects charged in connection with the April deadly mass shooting in Dadeville that left 4 dead and 32 injured will be charged as an adult, according to the Tallapoosa County District Attorney’s office.
The suspect, who has been identified as Sherman Peters III, was 15 at the time of the shootings and, as required by state law, was originally charged as a juvenile.
On Wednesday, DA Mike Segrest confirmed he filed a motion asking the Juvenile Court to transfer Peters to the Tallapoosa County Circuit Court to be tried as an adult. Juvenile Court Judge Kim Taylor approved the motion Wednesday, ordering the transfer.
Segrest said the next step in the teen’s prosecution will be an “Aniah’s Law” hearing, which has been set for Sept. 18. The law allows judges to deny bail to those who are charged with committing violent crimes and is named for Aniah Blanchard, who in 2019 was abducted at an Auburn gas station and murdered, allegedly by a man who was out on bond.
Following the Aniah’s Law hearing, Segrest said the case would be bound over to a grand jury.
While two other juvenile co-defendants remain unnamed at this time, three other co-defendants have been charged as adults. They include Johnny Brown, Wilson Hill, 19, Willie Brown, 20. The suspects are charged with four counts each of reckless murder and 25 counts of assault.
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