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Opelika teen allegedly tracks injured victim to fire fatal shots near Auburn McDonald's

Auburn, Ala. (WRBL) - We have new information regarding a deadly shooting back in September near the Auburn McDonalds on Magnolia Avenue. The 17-year-old Opelika teen charged as an adult with murder in the deadly shooting was inside a Lee County courtroom Wednesday for his probable cause hearing.

Camera's were not allowed inside the courtroom for 17-year-old Jarvis Nichols' probable cause hearing as his attorney attempts to control pre-trial publicity. 

Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes called one witness to the stand, the case agent with the Auburn Police Department. After the investigator was questioned by both the district attorney and defense,  the judge decided there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury.
         
In the early morning hours of September 9th, video obtained by News 3 shows a group of people gathering along Magnolia Avenue some engaging in a verbal back and forth. The video allegedly shows Nichols in a white shirt look behind his back then raise a gun and begin shooting. News 3 is not airing the gunshot flashes that led to 20-year-old Evan Wilson being shot.

Wednesday in court, investigators testified another video shows what happened next when Nichols allegedly found Wilson injured in some bushes and shot him again.
     
"The case agent in this case testified today he saw on video the defendant Jarvis Nichols fire some shots at the victim.  At some point later - also on video - he testified he observed Mr. Nichols find the victim in this case, crawling in the bushes.  The case agent's testimony is he (Nichols) fired two more shots into the victim which led to his death," explained Brandon Hughes.
   
Shortly after Wilson's death News 3 spoke with his mother who's heart is still breaking over the loss of her son who was also a devoted brother, uncle, and friend.  

"I can't recall a time when Evan wasn't smiling. If you saw Evan, he had that big smile," she said.   

The Auburn investigator also testified Nichols admitted to shooting claiming Wilson and another person jumped out at him from the bushes. Nichols told police the person with Wilson was armed with a gun, so Nichols fired back believing he was about to be robbed. The Investigator testified video evidence does not support Nichols' story and Wilson was not armed with a gun at the time of the shooting.
 
Meanwhile, four other people injured in the shooting, three teens and a 21-year old AU student, have recovered. It doesn't appear the injured were targeted in the shooting. Prosecutors are not commenting on a possible motive.

Nichols remains behind bars at the Lee County Detention facility unable to make bond. During Wednesday's proceedings, the judge ordered Nichols to be tracked with an ankle monitoring device if he does make bail.
   
The case now goes to a Lee County Grand Jury.

 


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