Monday, January 31, 2022

AL: Darrius Frazier found Not Guilty in Self Defense Trial shooting of Gjamal Rodriguez

Frazier, who had no prior criminal record and has been held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail since Oct. 29, 2019, broke down upon hearing the verdict, the news site reported.

"A jury found him not guilty and we're happy about that,'' defense attorney Emory Anthony said. "I'm sad in that the life of Mr. Gjamal Rodriguez was taken, but my client has always said it was only in self-defense."

"He kept the faith, and he knew the only reason he fired shots was because he believed the young man was reaching for a gun,'' he said.

The shooting happened on a Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, on Birmingham's east side.

According to trial testimony, Frazier and Rodriquez were dating sisters who lived at a residence in the area. Rodriguez's girlfriend argued with Frazier and she warned him that she was going to get Rodriguez involved.

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