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Defense attorney claims self-defense in capital murder trial

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(Source: Decatur PD) (Source: Decatur PD)

A Morgan County murder trial has gone to the jury. Darrius Sherrod was charged with capital murder for the 2010 shooting death of 19-year-old Matthew Homer Jackson. Sherrod took the stand in his own defense on Friday.

The victim never had a weapon, yet the defense attorney claimed it was self-defense. It has to do with another man in the truck with Homer Jackson. Sherrod's defense team said because of Tyler Clark, Sherrod feared for his and his family's lives.

The shooting happened on Clara Avenue in Decatur. Sherrod shot Jackson five times and killed him. That is not in dispute.

Clark testified during the trial and admitted that he had shot at Sherrod and his friend on two occasions. The defense maintained that one of Sherrod's girlfriends, who was also the victim's cousin, was with Jackson and Clark in Jackson's truck that night. She texted a warning to Sherrod that Clark was coming to shoot up his house, where Sherrod lived with his mother and three younger sisters.

Friday, Sherrod testified that he called a different girlfriend, asking her to pick him up and bring his gun. He said he wanted the gun because of the past history with Clark, but that he wanted to talk it out.

He said it appeared that Clark, who was in the truck's passenger seat, reached for something. He thought it was a gun, he began shooting from the car as he drove off, and Jackson was hit. A verdict hasn't been reached yet.

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