Alabama Today Reports He Spent
30 Years In Draper following his 1984
conviction for three crimes: rape by forcible compulsion, sodomy I and
robbery I. Court records indicate Littlejohn was convicted of raping a 20
year old female and sodomizing a 30 year old female.
Back row l to r: Karsyn
Hill, Adonis Williams, Joey Trahan, Althea Marsh, Noah Winton, Jay Jackson and Jackson Bonner. Front row l to r: Rachael Williams,
Kaylee Knight, Olivia Simmons, Avie Etheridge and Anna Grace White.
Twelve students from Southern Pine Electric
Co-op’s service territory recently participated in Montgomery Youth Tour.
Students traveled to Montgomery on March 6-8, where they visited historical
monuments like the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Civil Rights memorial,
toured the capitol and spent time with state legislators.
Students attending Montgomery Youth Tour were:
Karsyn Hill, Excel High School; Adonis Williams, Escambia County High
School; Joey Trahan, Excel High School; Althea Marsh, W.S. Neal High School;
Noah Winton, T.R. Miller High School; Jay Jackson, Flomaton High School;
Jackson Bonner, Escambia Academy; Rachael Williams, J.U. Blacksher High
School; Kaylee Knight, Monroe Academy; Olivia Simmons, Escambia County High
School; Avie Etheridge, Sparta Academy and Anna Grace White, T.R. Miller
Conservation Department Marks 110 Years
Fallen Conservation Officers Honored with Memorial Wall
110 years, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has
been protecting the state’s natural resources. Today, Gov. Kay Ivey and
department officials celebrated that service and dedicated a memorial to 12
Conservation Enforcement Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
behalf of our entire state, I thank the Alabama Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources for caring for our natural resources and wildlife for
the past 110 years,” Governor Ivey said.
1907, Rep. John H. Wallace, a conservation pioneer, introduced a proposal to
create Alabama’s Department of Game and Fish, now known as the Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources. The Alabama Legislature passed this
bill, which included provisions for a State Game Commissioner and many of
the most fundamental hunting laws.
Great strides have been made since the early days of horseback-mounted Game
Wardens to the present-day Conservation Enforcement Officers. Although
today’s officers use modern vehicles and equipment, they are still the front
line against poachers and others who don’t choose to lawfully follow
Alabama’s hunting and fishing laws and regulations.
am thankful for my career with the Alabama Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources,” said Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship. “I
know from personal experience how many dedicated employees work for this
department. Some of them work non-traditional hours and are frequently in
dangerous situations. I want to thank all of them for their service to the
State of Alabama.”
Since the Department’s creation in 1907, 12 officers have made the ultimate
sacrifice in the protection of Alabama’s natural resources.
Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, date of death and county
of residence are as follows:
October 1, 1922, Montgomery County
March 19, 1932, Baldwin County
June 25, 1951, Randolph County
May 1, 1964, Morgan County
December 6, 1976, DeKalb County
December 24, 1978, Escambia County
November 28, 1982, Lowndes County
February 12, 1984, Pike County
January 26, 1985, Greene County
March 25, 2002, Fayette County
Lance Horner Jr.,
June 22, 2003, Clarke County
November 11, 2008, Chilton County
officers were recognized today through the dedication of a memorial wall in
their honor at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
headquarters office in Montgomery.
“Today, I had the privilege of honoring 12 officers who died in the line of
duty, making the ultimate sacrifice to protect Alabama’s natural resources.
Our state remains indebted to those who preserve our beautiful, sweet home,”
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise
stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through
four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and
Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit
Sporting Chef Shares Tips for Tasty Venison
By DAVID RAINER
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
With Alabama in the peak of deer season, freezers are getting full, which
means it’s time to prepare some tasty venison.
As a buddy and I were discussing on a trip home from a hunting excursion,
venison got a bad rap back in the day because of several reasons. Most deer
hunting in the mid-20th century was done in front of a pack of
hounds on a hot deer trail. Plus, it was verboten to shoot a doe back then.
Hence, bucks replete with rutting hormones or lactic acid from being chased
by the hounds, or both, made some of the meat less than palatable.
There was also the practice of hauling a nice deer around in the back of
the truck to show all your buddies that contributed to the venison stigma.
That last practice is what really irks Scott Leysath, aka The Sporting
Chef, when he hears people complain about the taste of venison. Leysath, who
has roots in Grand Bay, Ala., and once produced the “Hunt, Fish and Cook”
show out of Huntsville, said the care of the deer carcass right after it is
harvested is a crucial step to tasty venison.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in Alabama,” Leysath said. “Despite this recent
cold spell, it can be a little warm during deer season. When I see people
driving around with deer in the back of their trucks before it has been
field-dressed, it makes me cringe. As with any animal, you need to get deer
cleaned and cooled as fast as possible. If you ride around with the deer in
the back of the truck, it’s not going to encourage it to taste good when
The best-case scenario, according to Leysath, is to have access to a
walk-in cooler where the skinned deer carcasses can be hung for at least a
week. He hangs larger animals for up to two weeks. The failure to properly
age the venison can lead to a chewy meal.
“I actually had a buddy of mine from Centre, Ala., call me and say he had
done everything I told him to do to prepare the venison,” Leysath said. “He
said, ‘I did not overcook the backstrap. It was 130 degrees in the center. I
made that balsamic dressing to go with it. But it was really, really, really
“I asked him when he shot the deer. ‘Yesterday.’ He hadn’t given that
meat a chance. It has to go through rigor for 24 hours, and then you have to
let it hang or age. If that backstrap had been aged for a week, it would
have been a whole different animal.”
Leysath said that venison that is frozen soon after harvest can still
benefit from the aging process. If you don’t have access to a walk-in cooler
but have room in a refrigerator, you can put the meat on a rack above a pan
and let it age. Another option is to use a large ice chest, but don’t put
the venison in the ice. Arrange some method to keep the venison elevated
above the ice and ensure the temperature inside the ice chest doesn’t get
above 40 degrees.
“You’re going to lose some crusty bits that aren’t going to look all that
pleasant after a week or two, but the rest of it is going to be a lot more
tender,” he said. “After a couple of weeks, the meat will lose about 20 to
25 percent of its weight, but what is left is good stuff. The dry-aging and
hanging makes all the difference in the world.”
Leysath also has a pet peeve about trying to mask the flavor of wild
game. He has a friend in Alabama who claims snow goose is by far the
best-eating goose. His friend cuts the goose breasts into little strips and
marinates them in teriyaki for 48 hours. Then cream cheese and jalapeno are
added before being wrapped in bacon.
“That’s the universal recipe with wild game,” he said. “You marinate in
who knows what, add jalapeno, some kind of cheese and bacon. Then it doesn’t
taste like deer, duck or snow goose. What’s the point of that?”
Leysath said during his travels he has noticed that cooks in some parts
of the country are predisposed to overcooking and are convinced wild game
must be done all the way through.
“The biggest challenge I have with a lot of folks is to get them to quit
cooking their deer quite so long,” he said.
Leysath gave a venison cooking demonstration at the Southeastern Outdoor
Press Association conference last fall, and the venison didn’t stay long in
the frying pan before he was slicing it into bite-size pieces.
“I just sort of looked at it, didn’t I,” he said with a laugh. “Had I
kept cooking it, it would have been less tender. And that was a muscle from
the hind quarter. That wasn’t a backstrap. The key is, before serving, cut
it across the grain. If you see long lines running through it, you’re
cutting it the wrong way.
“And if the internal temperature is beyond 140 degrees, it starts to get
tougher. Some folks can’t get past eating medium-rare venison. If I’m doing
a seminar, I’ll cover it up with a dark sauce, and they talk about how
tender it is.”
Obviously, Leysath does not apply the medium-rare rule to all venison.
“Sometimes, you want to go low and slow,” he said. “If you’ve got a
venison shoulder, leave the bone in. Give it a good rub with olive oil and
whatever seasoning you prefer. I’m going to brown it and then braise it in a
roasting pan with a can of beer, celery, onion and carrots at a low temp.
I’m going to let that moist heat do the work for me. After a few hours, the
meat is falling off the bone. I wish deer had more than four legs, because
those shanks are some of the best eating when you cook them low and slow.”
When Leysath wants to change skeptics’ minds about the taste of venison,
he uses this trusty recipe.
Backstrap and Berries
½ venison backstrap
3 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
¼ cup red wine
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp berry preserves
3 tbsp chilled butter
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup whole berries
Trim all silverskin off the backstrap and either cut into thick
medallions or in chunks that will fit in the frying pan. Sear all sides of
the venison in the hot oil and set aside. Add red wine, balsamic vinegar,
garlic and berry preserves to pan and reduce by one-third. Add chilled
butter. Slice venison across the grain. Pour balsamic-berry sauce over
venison and top with your choice of whole berries.
Leysath also suggested a very simple dish of four to five ingredients
with an Asian flare.
½ venison backstrap
¼ cup yellow mustard
½ cup sesame seeds
3 tbsp vegetable oil
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup chopped green onions
Optional: couple of shots of sriracha hot sauce
Take backstrap and cut into thick medallions or manageable chunks. Coat
in mustard and then roll in sesame seeds (look in Asian section of the
grocery store instead of spice aisle). Sear all sides of the venison in hot
oil and set aside. Add soy sauce, vinegar and chopped green onions to pan.
Reduce by one-third and then pour over sliced venison.
“The key is to not overcook it,” Leysath said. “If all of your venison
goes into a slow cooker with a can of cream of mushroom soup, you’re really
missing out on a whole lot of venison flavor.”
Of course, many hunters will grind most of their deer, save the
backstraps and tenderloins. Leysath has a proven shepherd’s pie recipe that
gives cooks an option other than burgers or venison chili.
Venison Shepherd’s Pie
2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup carrot, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups ground venison
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp kosher or other coarse salt (or 2/3 tsp table salt)
Pinch or two black pepper
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup chicken, beef or game broth
Dash Worcestershire sauce
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup half and half
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To prepare filling, heat oil in a large
skillet over medium heat. Add celery, onion, carrot and garlic. Sauté for 5
minutes. Add ground venison and cook, stirring often, until evenly browned.
Sprinkle flour over and stir to mix evenly. Cook for 2 minutes. Add
remaining filling ingredients, stirring to blend and cook for 2 minutes
Prepare topping. Place peeled and quartered potatoes in a pot. Cover with
at least one inch of water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered,
until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well, return to pot and whisk in
butter and half and half until smooth.
Transfer filling to a lightly greased baking dish. Spread potatoes over
the top and place in preheated oven until lightly browned on top and the
filling is bubbly hot.
writing this article myself and bringing up the details of this murder
through a rehash of court documents, I have chosen instead to link to this
article from The Montgomery Advertiser.
I will not be
including an article concerning this case in our July print edition in order
to spare the family of Ms. Clarene Haskew more local public disclosure,
however the people of Conecuh County have a right to know the latest
information concerning this case.
May 7, 2015
By: Jim Allen
EVERGREEN-Something that was never widely reported occurred at the March 9th
Commission meeting when Mr. Bob Miller attended to report on the status of
Evergreen Wood Products. The incident was mentioned on James Leon Windham's
Blog, Conecuh News & Views, but not in the write-up in the Evergreen Courant
– and I thought it irrelevant because it involved me. Well to be more
accurate, Commissioner Johnny Andrews involved me.
As anyone who's been reading my work knows, I've been a strong advocate for
the recovery of $350,000 in taxpayers money that was “loaned” to the City's
Industrial Development Board about a year and a half ago to help “start up”
Evergreen Wood Products.
Evergreen Wood Products never “started up” and the taxpayer funds, $175,000
from the City of Evergreen and $175,000 from the County Commission, was
When Mr. Miller appeared at the Commission meeting and it was Commissioner
Andrews' turn to address him, Andrews deferred stating, “I have no
questions, but Mr. Allen is in attendance and I bet he does!”
I declined. It was not my place to interrogate Mr. Miller or place him on
the hot seat in relation to the still missing funds at a County Commission
It was our County Commission who voted to loan our money to the City's IDB,
and Commissioners Andrews and Cook were strong advocates at the time to do
Our Commission did not loan the money to Miller. They loaned it to the IDB,
at the request and upon the reassurances of Evergreen's Economic Development
Director Bobby Skipper, that it would be repaid.
It's the IDB who is responsible for the funds.
Now, for one reason or another, Mr. Miller and Evergreen Wood Products has
been allowed to continue to occupy the former Gerber facility although the
business has never begun production.
On Thursday, April 16th, I attended a meeting of the City of Evergreen's
Industrial Development Board at the Depot in Evergreen. And it was most
To keep it short, the meeting went something like this: the Gerber facility
belongs to the City's IDB and Miller has been allowed to occupy it while he
continues attempts to acquire funding to begin operations. Over the past
year and a half, Miller has missed several deadlines for acquiring the
necessary funding to begin operations – to include repayment of the $350,000
loaned to the IDB on his behalf.
Blame for those delays was tossed back and forth by both sides.
The meeting was for the IDB to decide if it would order Miller to
immediately vacate the facility – or extend another deadline to May 20, 2015
when Miller claims he will finally have the funding necessary to close the
After an Executive Session, the IDB chose to postpone the decision until
Monday, April 20th when it would meet again at the Depot. In the meanwhile,
Miller was to provide the IDB with documentation verifying his funding will
be available and the deal will indeed close on May 20th.
It was also stated during that meeting that another business is interested
in occupying the facility should it be vacated by Miller and Evergreen Wood
During the Monday, April 20th meeting, the IDB spoke by phone with the
potential investor. After the conversation, the IDB voted, although not
unanimously, to extend the deadline until Wednesday, May 20th.
Personally, I was glad to see that members of the IDB have been making the
repayment of taxpayer funds an integral part of closing the deal with
Miller. As this saga continues, the taxpayers of Conecuh County will
positively know the status of Evergreen Wood Products on May 20th.
The information on BIOTAP is short, but not sweet.
This from their website (
www.biotapsouth.com ): “BIOTAP South provides a broad range of
testing services to physicians, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities
through highly complex CLIA certified laboratories. Located in Evergreen,
Alabama, our services include routine and specialized immuno-chemistry,
toxicology/drug confirmation, endocrinology, hematology, serology,
microbiology, cytology, pathology and molecular testing. Also provided, is a
full spectrum support for auditing and inspections by CLIA and other
governmental agencies. BIOTAP South serves to provide physicians the highest
level of client services in the industry.”
This all sounds great, but in fact, there is no BIOTAP South, LLC., facility
in Evergreen producing any of this stuff.
As some of you may remember, the story of BIOTAP began a bit more than a
year ago with some members of the Conecuh County Commission hot and heavy to
purchase a former 20 acre truck line facility on Ted Bates Road to house an
“undisclosed” medical facility. The seller wanted to cut the property down
to 16 acres and wanted a reported purchase price of around $600,000.
At that time, the name BIOTAP was not even mentioned and the deal centered
around the purchasing of this property (as quickly as possible) by the
county. Fortunately, a couple of Commissioners had concerns about possible
contamination at the site and a very contentious Commission meeting was held
to determine if an Environmental Impact Study should be conducted at the
property and whom should pay for it.
At that meeting, Mr. John A. Johnson, Director of Coastal Gateway EDA was
instrumental in the effort for the county to purchase the property and spoke
on behalf of the seller.
Johnson conveniently recommended a Bay Minnette company that was ready to
inspect the property within days, said the seller refused to pay for the
study, then suggested during the meeting that open discussion of the
possibility the property might be contaminated with hazardous waste could
constitute slander. County Attorney Anthony Bishop disagreed.
Ultimately, the taxpayers of Conecuh County paid about $3,000 for a study
that concluded further study was necessary.
The property was not purchased and word eventually leaked the potential
employer was named BIOTAP South, LLC. Representatives of the company
appeared before the Conecuh County Commission in June 2014 to answer
questions concerning the proposed facility and suggested the company would
start preparations to open within 60 to 90 days.
Soon thereafter, efforts began to find a suitable location in Evergreen and
the former Resource Center on Jaguar Drive near Hillcrest High School was
Some offices related to Reid State Technical College at the building, which
is owned by the Conecuh County Board of Education, have been required to
relocate - and in recent months negotiations and contracts (that included
tax incentives) with the Conecuh County Board of Education, the City of
Evergreen, the Conecuh County Economic Development Authority, and the
Conecuh County Commission have been negotiated and signed by those entities.
According to a June 23, 2014 letter from Mr. Johnson, announcing the pending
arrival of BIOTAP, it states the Alabama Industrial Development Training
Institute (AIDT) was also kicking in more than $100,000 to help train
After months of negotiations what has not been signed, and reportedly only
awaits BIOTAP's signature, is the final contract to close the deal.
When again questioned about the status of BIOTAP during the April 27th
Commission meeting, Commissioners David Cook and Johnny Andrews stated that
BIOTAP South, LLC., was still in the process of trying to find investors to
launch the company.
After more than a year into the process of trying to bring this company to
Evergreen and Conecuh County, this was the first public mention of the
company even being in need of funding.
When questioned about any specific time limit on when BIOTAP South would be
required to close the deal, Commissioner Andrews stated there was none.
Man Wounded By Law Enforcement Following Domestic Dispute
Saturday, March 7th
By: Jim Allen
OWASSA – It's been a little more than three weeks since a Conecuh County Deputy
was involved in an officer involved shooting of an Owassa resident and only now
are some details of the incident being released by authorities.
The shooting happened at the Owassa Road home of Tommy and Barbara Burt about
11:15 a.m., on Sunday, February 8th.
Information gathered at the scene indicates law enforcement was called to the
Burt residence about 11 a.m., in reference to a domestic dispute between the
Shortly thereafter, bystanders in the area reported hearing one gun shot and
could see law enforcement grabbing their weapons and taking cover behind their
vehicles as shouting came from the area of the residence.
Police units with the Evergreen Police Department, the Conecuh County Sheriff's
Department and Alabama State Troopers began arriving at the scene about 11:30
Approximately 30 minutes later, two ambulances from Conecuh County Emergency
Medical Services arrived on the scene and both ambulances were soon escorted at
high speed by law enforcement towards Evergreen.
Reports are that Tommy Burt, 41, was flown by LifeFlight to Mobile for emergency
surgery for a single gunshot wound to the stomach. He was reportedly out of
surgery around 8 p.m., that evening.
Anytime there is an officer involved shooting, the State Bureau of Investigation
(formerly ABI) is called in to conduct an investigation.
The roadway was completely blocked with yellow tape and police vehicles after
the incident and SBI agents began arriving at the scene at approximately 1:30
p.m. The road remained closed to traffic until about 6:30 p.m.
At the scene, Conecuh County Sheriff Randy Brock said he would have to
coordinate with the SBI before preliminary information concerning the incident
would be released, possibly as soon as the following day.
An unidentified SBI Agent at the scene said he could not comment concerning the
incident and that it would be several days before their investigation would be
However, information surrounding the shooting was not immediately made available
and as of press-time, the SBI investigation into the incident continues.
When initially contacted February 13th, Trooper Jamie Maloy with the Alabama Law
Enforcement Agency Public Information Unit confirmed an investigation by the SBI
was underway at the request of the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department, but gave
no indication as to when it might be completed.
Subsequent phone calls and emails to Trooper Maloy have gone unanswered.
During a recent interview with Sheriff Randy Brock at the Conecuh County
Sheriff's Office, Brock said the SBI has up to 60 days to conduct their
investigation and that once it was complete, the results would be sent to the
state and to local District Attorney Steve Wadlington.
The case would then be brought before a Conecuh County Grand Jury at some point
in the future.
The SBI investigation is completely independent, and as for the progress of the
investigation or what direction it may be taking, “They don't keep me informed,”
Brock said the call to the Burt residence was originally dispatched as a
Domestic Violence call. He said he could not comment on details of the incident,
but did confirm Burt did not shoot at law enforcement and that the only shot
fired at the scene was by the deputy.
After consulting with District Attorney Steve Wadlington, Sheriff Brock
identified the deputy as Brian Nelms (pronounced Nims) of Repton. Brock said
Nelms has been with the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department since September 5,
Nelms has reportedly also worked for the Brewton and Monroeville Police
Brock said Nelms has not been involved in any prior shooting incidents and, “I'm
sure my Deputy did what was necessary to protect himself and the victim.”
Neither Sheriff Brock nor Chief Deputy Tyrone Boykin were on the scene when the
shooting took place.
After the incident, Nelms was placed on Administrative Leave with pay, Brock
said, and was reinstated to active duty on February 16th following approval by
“His clearance to return to work has nothing to do with the investigation being
performed by the SBI,” Brock said, meaning his return to work is an issue
separate from the actual investigation of the incident.
After the results of the investigation are released by the SBI, Brock said more
information concerning the circumstances surrounding the shooting may be made
“We have nothing to hide,” he said, “People need to know what's going on.”
Following his release from the hospital, Burt was subsequently taken into
Federal custody by U.S. Marshals and placed in the Mobile Metro Jail on February
18th where he is reportedly being held on a charge of felon in possession of a
This development apparently stems from the investigation by the SBI who, Brock
said, located almost a dozen firearms inside the Burt residence, and a prior
criminal history that showed he had been convicted of a felony.
A record search at the Conecuh County Circuit Clerk's Office indicates Burt has
had some minor brushes with the law over the years and was charged with a Class
B felony as a teenager some two decades ago.
That information was evidently relayed to federal authorities who took Burt into
Repeated calls to the Public Information Officer at Mobile Metro Jail to inquire
about Burt's status have not been answered or returned.
In an interview with Robert “Bobby” Crosby, the father of Barbara Burt, Crosby
said Tommy Burt sustained internal organ damage from the shooting and that a
section of his intestines had to be replaced with plastic tubing.
Crosby also went into detail concerning what he says happened that Sunday.
According to Crosby, he received a call from his daughter that morning stating
the couple had been involved in a marital dispute and Tommy Burt wouldn't allow
her access to the keys to a vehicle so that she could leave the residence. She
asked him to come pick her up.
Crosby said his wife, Elaine, then called 9-1-1 and requested Sheriff's deputies
meet him at a gas station in Owassa.
Crosby lives in Evergreen some 10 miles from the Burt home.
Two deputies met Crosby at the gas station, he said, and he informed them of the
situation before they all proceeded to the residence.
Once there, Crosby said, the two deputies entered the home by passing through a
door adjacent to the carport and escorted Barbara Burt outside the residence
while Tommy Burt was in the shower.
Rather than leaving immediately, Crosby said his daughter wanted to return
inside to retrieve some clothes and a discussion ensued on the carport just
outside the door leading to the residence.
A few moments later, Crosby said, Tommy Burt appeared at the door wearing only
boxer shorts and opened the screen door.
He said Burt always kept a rifle leaning up against the wall inside the door,
and that although he did not see Burt with the rifle, one family member at the
scene later told him Burt was holding the rifle with the barrel pointed down,
and another told him Burt was holding it by the barrel with the butt down.
Crosby said the deputy, “Gave him no chance. When the door came open he just
shot and ran.”
At that point, he said, law enforcement took up defensive positions in front of
the house and repeatedly called for Burt, who had fallen backwards and lay
wounded on the floor, to come out of the house.
Crosby said some 35 minutes passed before Burt was heard, “hollering for help”
from inside the house. Law enforcement then approached and found Burt lying on
the floor just inside the screen door.
Crosby said that at no time did Burt threaten law enforcement, and that his
daughter, Barbara, had only minor scratches and bruises and did not need medical
attention. He said she only later went to the hospital at the insistence of law
“Barbara was not beaten,” Crosby said, and she has no plans to press any charges
against her husband.
Sheriff Randy Brock also stated the Conecuh County Sheriff's Office has not
filed any charges against Burt, and that none were pending.
[NOTE: Other family members were contacted for comment concerning this
article and chose not to participate. This newspaper respects their decision and
their privacy. Also, in our print edition, paragraphs 4 and 5 of this article
were out of order. The approximate time of the shooting reflects that change.]