A capital murder charge against Kenneth Glasgow, a local community activist, has been dropped after an 18-member Houston County grand jury found evidence against him was insufficient for an indictment.
Glasgow, 55, was charged with capital murder in connection to the March 25, 2018, shooting death of 23-year-old Breunia Jennings on Allen Road in Dothan. Glasgow is a half-brother of the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Glasgow was driving a vehicle occupied by Jamie Townes, 29, who believed someone had stolen his car.
Glasgow had said he had only offered Townes a ride. In a statement, Glasgow said he was thankful that grand jurors, “saw the truth and not the picture that was painted against me and my character.
“It isn’t easy to express how I feel at this moment, knowing the charges imposed upon me should not have ever happened. The weight of this charge has caused deep turmoil and increased anxiety levels to my family, friends, colleagues, and supporters,” Glasgow said.
The charges came after police said Glasgow and Townes were looking for Townes’ car. When Townes spotted his car being driven by Jennings, he got out and starting shooting; Jennings died from a gunshot to the head.
Both men were charged with capital murder; Glasgow’s charges stem from an Alabama law that holds those believed to have aided or abetted a criminal act liable for the underlying act.
Townes is awaiting trial. Glasgow’s case was bound over in 2018 to a Houston County grand jury, which returned a no-bill on Thursday.
District Attorney Pat Jones did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
Glasgow’s attorney, Derek Yarbrough, told the Associated Press that Glasgow’s family is thankful that his client has been cleared.
“It has been hanging over his head for this long,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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