Robert Eugene Williams, 68, is charged with fatally shooting 56-year-old Michael Eugene Littlejohn. District Attorney Steve Giddens said Williams had his initial court appearance Monday morning before Circuit Judge Julian King. Bond was set at $25,000.
Talladega Police Chief Alan Watson said officers were dispatched to Williams’ home, at 120 Dunn Lane, just after 5 p.m. Sunday. Littlejohn was dead when the officers arrived, and Williams was arrested later that night.
Littlejohn appeared to have been standing in Williams’ yard when he was shot. Watson said the two men involved appeared to be related somehow, and although they do not live on the same street they do live in the same general part of town, around Alabama 77 South.
Watson said the shooting appeared to stem from an earlier argument inside the house, but neither Watson nor Giddens would speculate on the cause of that argument.
“It was either a verbal or physical altercation, depending on who you ask right now,” Giddens said.
He said the victim had been shot in the back with a large caliber handgun from some distance away. Giddens also said there was no evidence of any of the aggravating circumstances that would make this a capital case.
This marks the first murder in the city of Talladega since David Scott Hubbard was found dead on Whitson Road in July 2009. John Ellis Chastain has been charged with his murder and is awaiting trial.
A conviction for a murder involving the use of a firearm carries a penalty of 20 to 99 years or life in prison.
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