The Associated Press
FAYETTE, Ala. (AP) -- An 18-year-old charged in the shooting deaths
of two Fayette police officers and a dispatcher in June will be tried
as an adult.
Devin Darnell Thompson had applied for youthful offender status, but
Fayette Circuit Judge James Moore denied his request during a Monday
Also at the hearing, Thompson pleaded innocent by reason of mental
disease or defect to capital murder charges, his attorney said.
Thompson faces the death penalty if convicted of capital murder. If
he had been granted youthful offender status, he could have served no
more than three years in prison.
Thompson is charged in the June 7 deaths of officers Arnold
Strickland and James Crump and dispatcher Leslie "Ace" Mealer. He is
accused of shooting them in the Fayette Police Department after being
arrested for driving a stolen car.
Thompson's court-appointed attorney, Jim Standridge of Tuscaloosa,
said his client will receive a mental evaluation at Taylor Hardin
Secure Medical Facility in Tuscaloosa. Thompson remains in the
Tuscaloosa County Jail without bail.
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District Attorney Chris McCool said he expects a trial to be set for
early next year.