Monday, November 10, 2008

Why is it always in Alabama?

Alabama-LSU Football Dispute Leaves Two Dead

An Escambia County couple died Saturday after an argument
over the Alabama/LSU football game ended in shotgun blasts,
according to Conecuh County authorities.

District Attorney Tommy Chapman identified the people killed
as Dennis and Donna Smith of Appleton Road near Brewton.

The shooting allegedly occurred about 7 p.m. at the home of
Michael Williams near the Owassa community in Conecuh
County, Chapman said.

Williams was arrested, Chapman said, and charged with two
counts of murder.

Dispatchers at the Conecuh County Sheriff's Office
declined to comment about the case.

Investigators said witnesses told them that Dennis Smith, an
LSU fan, called Williams, a fan of the Crimson Tide, after
the game Saturday evening and an argument ensued.

Officers said Donna Smith was a relative of Michael
Williams' girlfriend.

Soon, the Smiths arrived at Williams' home and the men
wound up in a physical altercation, officers said.

Smith retrieved a pistol from his vehicle, and threatened
Williams, who armed himself with a shotgun and fired two
blasts, striking and killing Dennis Smith, officers said.

Donna Smith then threatened Williams, who shot and killed
the woman, they said.

Investigators said alcohol was believed to have been a
factor in the killings, and the investigation was ongoing
late Sunday.

Alcohol involved? gotta be kiddin me man!

I like football as much as any Alabama citizen and I'll fess up to trying to put one of my brothers out of the car a few miles from home during an Auburn- Alabama game some years ago...but I totally don't get murders over football games.


The Ripley Porch said...

The curious thing is that the game barely ended and these folks were completely wasted and ready to argue with someone. We may have to go to no booze sales on Saturday football days to fix this problem.

Loretta Nall said...

They'd just stock up on Friday.

mdm-adph said...

You're right -- I propose we switch the contents of liquor from ethanol to methanol, then, and let the problem slowly solve itself.

I don't get it, though -- these two people came to this man Williams' house, and threatened him, and he ended up killing them in self defense. Unless there's a lot more to this story, I'm having trouble seeing why, even if drunk, he's being charged -- or is that just the standard thing they do in these cases?

Loretta Nall said...

I don't know why he is being charged either. This isn't standard or shouldn't be. Alabama passed a law in 2006 I believe saying folks who felt threatened in their homes or automobiles could shoot first and ask questions later. Seems like that law would apply in this case.