Shooting suspects waive preliminary hearing rights

Published 9:48 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The three suspects in the July 19 shooting on the intersection of Chisholm Drive and Dallas Avenue waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday at the Dallas County Courthouse.

Chance Marta Barnett, 18, Georgio Howell, 15, and Ladarrius Parker, 19, were all charged with first-degree assault for their attack on Jadarius Richardson, 20, outside Vasser’s Mini-Mart.

The decision was announced in Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Bob Armstrong’s courtroom.

The case was sent to the Dallas County Grand Jury. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson will prosecute the case in a few months.

The Selma Police Department identified Barnett as the shooter. Despite being underage, Howell is being charged as an adult.

Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier requested and received assistance from both state and federal law enforcement agencies.

“The initial investigation indicates that three black males followed the victim (Richardson) after he exited a convenience store (Vasser’s Mini-Mart) at the intersection,” Collier said. “They pursued the subject onto Chisholm Drive and two of the suspects immediately began to physically assault the victim.

“In an effort to defend himself, the victim fought back initially and then attempted to flee. At this point, the third suspect blocked his exit, drew a handgun and shot the victim one time in the upper torso. The three suspects then fled the scene and the victim collapsed on Chisholm Drive. The victim was transported and flown to UAB hospital to be treated.” 

“The initial investigation indicates that the shooting was not a random act,” Collier said. “The victim was specifically targeted by the suspects.”

All three suspects remain in the Dallas County jail and held on a $1,000,000 bond.