Hearing on Stand Your Ground in murder case delayed

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Dothan (WTVY)-- A Dothan man arrested for murder must wait to find out if his case will be dismissed before his trial.

Accused murderer Jeffrey Lloyd Culpepper (C) leaves a Houston County courtroom with defense attorneys Adam Parker (L) and Raynor Clifton.

Jeffrey Lloyd Culpepper, 57, arrived in court Wednesday for a hearing on whether the 2017 shooting of Cornell Johnson is justified under Alabama’s Stand Your Ground Law. However, the hearing was postponed due to a last minute development not related to the case. It will be rescheduled.

Defense attorneys Adam Parker and Raynor Clifton hope the case will be tossed by Houston County Circuit Judge Kevin Moulton.

“We believe our client is immune from prosecution because he was standing his ground. This is a self-defense case,” Parker said.

Johnson, 48, was fatally wounded January 16 in the parking lot of a Dothan convenience store during an argument with Culpepper, a longtime acquaintance.

Alabama’s Stand Your Ground Law says deadly force is justified if a person believes deadly force is about to be used against them.
Prosecutors were not available for comment.