20-year-old acquitted of murder in fatal Center Point shooting
on February 14, 2013 at 5:34 PM, updated February 14, 2013 at 5:37 PMBIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A Jefferson County jury this afternoon acquitted a 20-year-old man of murder in the 2011 shooting death of a man in Center Point.
The jury deliberated for about 40 minutes before delivering a verdict of not guilty in the case against Derrick Allen, of Center Point.
As the jury foreman read the verdict, Allen embraced his defense attorney, John Lentine, and his family barely suppressed their elation as they filed out of the courtroom.
“I think the jury reached the only possible conclusion based on the evidence presented to them,” Lentine said.
Deputy District Attorney John Geer, who prosecuted the case, declined to comment.
Allen’s trial began Monday in the courtroom of Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Clyde Jones.
Allen was 18 when he was charged in connection with the May 6, 2011, shooting death of Reginald Charles Davis, 20.
Davis was shot about 11 p.m. in the 1900 block of East Bend Circle in Center Point, police said.
Witnesses told investigators Davis got into a confrontation with five men in the parking lot. One of them pulled a rifle from the trunk and shot Davis twice, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.