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Grand jury indicts Moulton teen after death of teacher

By Kristen Bishop· 340-2443

MOULTON — A Lawrence County grand jury has indicted a Moulton teen for capital murder in the beating death of elementary teacher Judy Jester.

A report from the district attorney’s office states the indictment alleges that Demetrick Young, then 15, caused the death of Jester by beating her during a robbery on Oct. 26, 2005.

Investigators said they believe Young attacked Jester while the victim worked during after-school hours at the Lawrence County Family Education Campus on Rosenwald Street in Moulton. He reportedly stole less than $10 from her before leaving her unconscious.

There is no evidence to suggest that Jester and Young knew each other before the incident, said police.

After the beating, Young allegedly stayed near the crime scene and told friends that he robbed and beat Jester.

A Lawrence County High School senior found Jester between three and four hours later.

Jester spent four days unconscious in Huntsville Hospital’s neuro-intensive care unit before dying Oct. 30, 2005.

Authorities charged Young with Jester’s murder two days later. Lawrence County District Court certified Young for trial as an adult May 25, 2006.

The U.S. Supreme Court made it illegal in 2005 to execute juveniles under 18 at the time of their crime, but if found guilty, Young could serve life in prison without chance of parole.

Young’s arraignment is Feb. 7 in Circuit Court.

He is the third teen to face capital-murder charges in Lawrence County since 2003.

District Court in October sentenced Evan James Miller, then 14, to life in prison without chance of parole and Colby Smith, then 16, to life in prison with a possibility for parole both for the murder of Cole Cannon, 52, on July 15, 2003.

Attorneys for Miller asked for a lighter sentence on Jan. 12. Circuit Court Judge Phillip Reich has not ruled on the request.

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