- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against an Alabama man accused of killing a 4 year-old girl. A judge ruled he fired at the car the girl was inside in self-defense.

Al.com reports Darrell Montez Hutton, a 34-year-old Birmingham man, was charged with murder for the July 2017 killing of 4-year-old Taleayah Stafford.

Authorities say a passenger in the car with Stafford, Anthony Fowler, pulled a gun on Hutton before Hutton returned fire. The little girl was struck in the head with a bullet fragment and died three days later.

A Jefferson County circuit judge ordered the charges against Hutton dismissed Tuesday, saying he was justified in defending himself.

Alabama adopted Stand Your Ground laws in 2006 and people that use deadly force to defend themselves are generally immune from prosecution.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide