Man accused of suffocating his grandmother seeks youthful offender status
by David Atchison
Aug 19, 2013 | 3618 views |  0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Joseph Batson, 20, of Moody, who is accused of murdering his grandmother, has applied for youthful offender status, according to St. Clair County Assistant District Attorney Carol Boone.

Batson is charged with the murder of his grandmother, Mavis Batson, 59.

Batson allegedly murdered his grandmother on June 20, 2012. He was arrested five months later after an autopsy revealed his grandmother did not die of natural causes but from suffocation.

Circuit Court Judge Phil Seay set a youthful offender status hearing for Oct. 24.

“If granted (as a youthful offender), I will not be able to comment further about the case,” Boone said.

Last week Seay appointed Pell City attorneys Matt Gossett and Michael Dillard to represent Batson, who has remained in the St. Clair County Jail since his November 2012 arrest. Batson’s bond was set at $250,000.

Batson allegedly confessed to the murder to authorities, Moody Police Chief Thomas Hunt said at the time of Batson’s arrest.

If Batson is granted youthful offender status, he would not be prosecuted as an adult.

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