Charges upgraded to capital murder in elderly beating case

DeAngelo Smith, Yasmine Munnerlyn and Carlos Nottingham
DeAngelo Smith, Yasmine Munnerlyn and Carlos Nottingham

The lives of three suspects are on the line now that an elderly robbery victim has died.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich is starting a vehicular manslaughter trial this week, and she’s also preparing for her first capital murder trial this year.

“I’ve got statements to review, I’ve got interviews to go through we’ve got a lot a things we’ve got to do,” Rich said.

Three suspects were charged with attempted murder, but that changed when the elderly victim died Saturday.

“Based on the fact that it was a murder during the course of a robbery, a murder during the course of a burglary, both, and that’s the reason it was upgraded to capital murder,” she said.

86 year old Carroll Jordan was beaten and stabbed several times in his home on January 27th. Police said Jordan was targeted by robbers, and the attack was interrupted by a neighbor who knocked on the door.

The thieves dropped the victim’s television in the backyard, but Rich said they did got away with something else.

“The items missing from the home were a TV, and wedding ring, and that wedding ring was later pawned,” Rich said.

Rich said there may be evidence the thieves used the money from pawning the ring to buy pizza.

Family members said one of the suspects, Deangelo Smith had been in Jordan’s home before.

Investigators believe Carlos Nottingham was the stranger who answered the door and ran when the neighbor showed up.  Yasmin Munnerlyn was seen outside the victim’s home.

“Right now we’re trying to determine if there is going to be a preliminary hearing. Typically in capital murder cases those are assigned to a circuit court judge so we think the case will be moved out of district court into the hands of a circuit court judge sometime either later this afternoon or tomorrow,” Rich said.

The suspects are being held without bond, on the earlier charge.

The D.A. said there is no rush to get them back in court for a bond hearing on the capital murder. Rich said once the case is transferred from district to circuit court, their first appearance before a new judge will likely be for an arraignment.

Mr. Jordan will be buried with military honors in Brewton on Thursday.

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