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December 29, 2014

Talladega teen charged in June 13 shooting in park

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Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 8:55 pm

A Talladega teenager has been arrested for shooting into an unoccupied vehicle and reckless endangerment, and was certified as an adult for trial purposes, according to Police Capt. Leon Thomas.

Dajour Antae Estelle, 17, was arrested Tuesday and is being held on a $500,000 bond set by District Court Judge Jeb Fannin, according to Thomas.

He was arrested in connection with an incident June 13 on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Duncan-Pinkston Park. According to the alleged victim, another teenager, Estelle and half a dozen other people challenged him to a fight. The victim refused to fight and ran, with Estelle and two other people chasing him and firing at him. Once he got away, the victim said, he saw Estelle shooting into his car and someone else breaking out one of the windows.

A person between the ages of 16 and 21 who is charged with a violent crime involving use of firearm will automatically be certified as an adult for trial purposes. He will still be able to ask for youthful offender status, which will limit his sentence but could still potentially send him to the penitentiary.

Shooting into an unoccupied vehicle is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison. Reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.

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