- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A central Alabama man is pleading not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in a triple homicide.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that 35-year-old Marty Morgan entered the plea Tuesday in Autauga County Circuit Court.

He and 19-year-old Keon Dashon Cain are accused of entering a Prattville barber shop on the night of July 3 and shooting three men.

Both are indicted on two counts of capital murder, one count of burglary and seven counts of armed robbery.

Morgan also asked for time to consider claiming self-defense.



Cain is seeking youthful offender status, available for people between the ages of 18 and 21, and will be arraigned later if the court denies that request.

If labeled a youthful offender, Cain would serve a maximum of three years in prison and have his record sealed.

Both Morgan and Cain are jailed without bail.

District Attorney Randall Houston said the state is considering seeking the death penalty for each defendant. The only other sentence option in a capital murder conviction is life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Two victims were shot in the head, and the third was shot in the legs, testimony has shown.

Morgan allegedly knocked on the door of the shop about 10:40 p.m. armed with a handgun, said Jeremy Thompson, a Prattville Police Department investigator who testified during an earlier preliminary hearing. Cain was right behind him, armed with a shotgun and wearing a mask, according to Thompson.

Cain is alleged to have gone to a table where four men were playing dominoes and said “Give it up,” Thompson said. Witnesses said Eddie Dean Scott, 56, grabbed the shotgun and Morgan then shot Scott in the head with the handgun.

Al Seals Benson, 50, was found dead in the business with “shrapnel” wounds from the handgun to both legs, Thompson said.

Security camera footage from a neighboring convenience store showed Smith, 46, staggering into the frame holding his left side, apparently wounded from a shotgun blast. Video shows Benson falling and laying motionless, and then shows Cain approaching and shooting Benson in the back of the head with a shotgun.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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