Huntsville shooting victim's mother questions investigation, charge

Published: Aug. 15, 2016 at 9:52 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2016 at 8:55 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The family of a 16-year-old gunned down on a Huntsville street by a delivery driver is demanding answers.

Jonathan Scott faces a manslaughter charge in the death of Mustafa Bearfield. Court documents state he shot Bearfield while firing a warning shot after Bearfield took items from Scott's truck. It happened near the intersection of 10th Avenue and 4th Street in Huntsville in June.

Scott's preliminary hearing on that manslaughter charge is set for Wednesday afternoon. Bearfield's mother is questioning the charge. She and her church held a news conference Monday asking for transparency.

Her pastor, Carl P. Byrd, told the crowd he and others want to know why Scott had a bond set at $20,000 for the crime instead of the $30,000 maximum. Byrd also questioned why investigators charged the shooter with manslaughter instead of murder.

He said several people think Scott intended to kill Bearfield after he took items from Scott's truck and ran down the street. He pointed to the fact that the Huntsville teen was shot while running away from the shooter.

"I am most concerned when a member of church whose son is shot and killed when in no way did he post a physical threat to the perpetrator," said Byrd. "I would think that not just because it's our church member, but for any young man, any young woman, any boy, any girl in Huntsville, I would be concerned, and our church seeks to be concerned."

Byrd said he and others have asked but haven't been told whether the shooter was legally carrying the weapon or whether his work allowed him to.

Byrd had hoped to have more answers from Scott's scheduled preliminary hearing on Wednesday, but Scott waived that hearing.

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