Autauga grass cutting murder case goes to grand jury – Alabama News

Autauga grass cutting murder case goes to grand jury – Alabama News


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PRATTVILLE—An Autauga county murder case, where the victim was allegedly shot over cutting grass, will go the grand jury.

District Judge Joy Booth ruled probable cause exists to send the case to a future session of the panel, during a Thursday morning preliminary hearing

On July 15, John Brown, 59, of the 300 block of County Road 82 in the Pink Lilly community, died after being shot once in the chest with a 410 ga. shotgun, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. Charged with murder in the case is Joseph Huffman, 73, of the 300 block of County Road 82, courthouse records show. Brown is a pastor at a local church. The incident occurred in the 400 block of County Road 82.

Huffman admitted pointing the shotgun at Brown, but told deputies he didn’t remember shooting him, said Clifford Clark, an investigator with the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office. The hearing lasted about half an hour. It was held in the courthouse’s law library, which made for close quarters. Brown’s widow sat across the table from Huffman. She stared at him the entire time.

Huffman shifted in his seat at times, and looked at the floor during most of the hearing. He didn’t testify.

Huffman may be setting up a self-defense, defense. He told Clark he was caretaker of the property where the shooting occurred. The resident of the mobile home on the property had died recently, he told deputies. Brown was cutting grass on the lot that day. The investigator was the only witness the district attorney’s office called.

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