Capital murder charges dropped in elderly beating


Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich announced capital murder charges for the three suspects accused of beating an 86-year-old man have been dropped. They will now face attempted murder and robbery charges.

“The autopsy has now been completed and as horrible has these defendants’ actions were that day the cause of death has now turned out to be complications from surgery due to an aortic aneurism that Mr. Jordan had,” Rich said. “These injuries that the state alleges these three individual caused did not cause Mr. Jordan’s ultimate death. So therefore, the capital murder causes against will be dismissed.”

This is the latest in a series of shifts in the case.

The first person arrested in the case was charged with assault and burglary. Those charges were later dropped when investigators learned a witness had made a mistake in the identification.

Three more arrests followed and the suspects were all charged with attempted murder and burglary.

When the victim, Caroll Jordan, died on February 8, the district attorney upped the case to capital murder.

However, Wednesday, February 19, the DA said doctors discovered the victim had another health issue that caused his death.

The district attorney met with the victim’s family this morning and explained the change.  FOX10 spoke talked with Donald Johnson who said the family was not surprised, and they have complete confidence the DA.

They believe justice will be served in the case.

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