Man charged with murder, attempted murder after argument over marijuana

Man charged with murder, attempted murder after argument over marijuana

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A man is charged with murder and the attempted murder of another man following a shooting over drugs near Bessemer.

The shooting happened on Feb. 20 in the 200 block of Elm Street Southwest.

Mario Desmond, 28, is charged with the shooting death of 37-year-old William Lewis.

Jefferson County Sheriff's investigators say several men were in a vacant lot drinking and smoking marijuana when an argument happened because of of the men would not return the marijuana to the owner.

Four men ranging in age from 28-45 were hit by bullets.

Desmond pulled a gun on Lewis, then Lewis pulled his own gun and the two started shooting at each other, according to sheriff's deputies.

Lewis was hit and died at the hospital. Desmond was also hit, but only sustained a minor injury.

Desmond is in the Jefferson County Jail. His bond is set at $135,000.

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