3 teens, 1 adult indicted on capital murder charges in Decatur shooting deaths

3 teens, 1 adult indicted on capital murder charges in Decatur shooting deaths
Cedric Cowan (Source: Decatur PD)
Cedric Cowan (Source: Decatur PD)
Cortez Mitchell (Source: Decatur PD)
Cortez Mitchell (Source: Decatur PD)
Joseph Cowan (Source: Decatur PD)
Joseph Cowan (Source: Decatur PD)

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - A Morgan County grand jury indicted 3 teens and 1 adult for the shooting deaths of two Decatur men on Thursday.

Police say two shootings at separate scenes resulted in the deaths of 25-year-old Joshua Davis and 27-year-old Anselmo Antonio Hernandez-Lopez.

The grand jury charged 16-year-old Cedric Lamont Cowan, 17-year-old Amani Juan Goodwin, 16-year-old Cortez Ocie Mitchell and 20-year-old Joseph Christopher Cowan all with capital murder.

The four were also charged with other crimes which occurred during the course of the same week The charges are six counts of robbery in the first degree, one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling and one count of shooting into an unoccupied dwelling.

The jury also indicted Alice Jones, the aunt of Cortez Mitchell on charges of hindering prosecution in the first degree for he role in attempting to prevent investigators from discovering evidence implicating the others.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 100 block of Albert Street on Friday, May 15, where they found the body of a man in the property's carport. The body had multiple gunshot wounds, according to investigators.

Police identified the victim as 27-year-old Antonio Hernandez, officials said Hernandez and another person were forced to the ground in another robbery attempt.

"The homeowner victim said one of the robbers began shooting his friend, Mr. Hernandez, for no apparent reason and he instinctively ran away," investigators said.

Gunfire was reported three times around homes on 5th Avenue and one of the homes was targeted twice. These incidents, along with the attempted robbery of a bicyclist at another location and the robbery of a mother in front of her young child, resulted in no injuries.

The next day, on Saturday morning, a passer-by discovered a body at a pavilion near Wilson-Morgan Park. Investigators said the victim appeared to have suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.

Family members later identified the body as that of 25-year-old Joshua Davis of Lacey's Spring.

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