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The man accused of murder is accused of firing one shot at the same spot where his brother was fatally shot in a gangland-style killing.
Darius Johnson, 38, faces two counts of first-degree murder and is now free on $1 million bond.
It’s the same bond Johnson is asking for when he enters a plea. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.
He was identified in court records as the man who shot 16-year-old Demetrius Washington in the mouth at the Haughton Heights apartment at 4 p.m. June 26. He was indicted Sept. 18.
Johnson was an associate of Washington’s gang. Prosecutors allege that he killed the teen, who was in Washington’s neighborhood, and set the man’s blood-covered body on Firestone Way next to Haughton Heights Elementary School.
Darius Johnson was already in custody on unrelated charges when he was being charged for the murder.
Police say the two gang rivals lived together but Johnson had been living in the same apartment before the shooting.
A surveillance video from the apartment shows Johnson and Washington walking up to the shooting, and Johnson fires six shots from his gun into the air.
Investigators say Washington’s killer was in the crowd of two dozen people watching the fatal confrontation.
It’s the second murder of a teenager in one day.
Just before 11:30 a.m., 18-year-old Anthony Jones died in the hospital of a fatal gunshot wound to his head in Southside Park. Police said Jones was shot inside the residence in the 1100 block of North Park Drive. It was the third fatal shooting in the park in the past two weeks. Jones’ mother told police she was out having brunch with her two sons in the park on July 23 when a man approached and fired at them.
In another killing Monday morning in south Birmingham, the body of 43-year-old Johnathan Davis was found in the 900 block of North St. Mary’s Avenue.
Police said the men were known to each other, and Davis was not a member of the Bloods street gang. The pair had been killed in a drive-by
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