Three More Arrested and Charged with Capital Murder in Death of McCalla Teen

Publish Date: December 21, 2016
Written by: Joni Money
Categories: News

Birmingham, AL 12/21/2016

Two more men and a woman have been charged with Capital Murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Ashlynn Sparks of McCalla.

At about 11:00 pm on December 7, 2016, deputies were called to a convenience store in the area of Dartmouth Avenue and Highway 150 in Bessemer to investigate a reported shooting.

They arrived to find an adult man and his adult girlfriend suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were transported to area hospitals. The girl, identified as 18-year-old Ashlynn Sparks of McCalla, died at the hospital as a result of her injuries.

Deputies learned that the shooting had taken place on Circle Drive in Lipscomb. Lipscomb Police were a called and the investigation was turned over to them. They requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Office to process the scene and collect evidence.

The boyfriend survived the shooting with non-life threatening injuries. He told investigators that some men he did not know had attempted to rob them at the location. The suspects fired shots into the car as he tried to escape striking both him and his girlfriend.


Courtney Devaughn

Courtney Devaughn

On December 13, 2016, Lipscomb Police asked for assistance with the investigation. Sheriff’s detectives began talking to potential witnesses and reviewing the evidence in the case. A suspect was developed from information provided.

On December 17, 2016, 20-year-old Anthony Dewayne Smith of Fairfield was arrested and charged with Capital Murder in this case. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail


Richard Martinez

with no bond.


On December 19, 2016, detectives obtained arrest warrants for 23-year-old Adam Decoreyea Smith of Bessemer, 20-year-old Richard Steven Martinez of Lipscomb, and 22-year-old Courtney Brianna Devaughn of Center Point, charging each of them with Capital Murder during Robbery 1st Degree and attempted murder.


Adam Smith

Courtney Devaughn was arrested at Bessemer Police Department when she arrived to be questioned about an unrelated matter on Monday. Adam Smith and Richard Martinez were arrested yesterday. All four suspects remain in the Jefferson County Jail with no bond.


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