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One dead; one charged with manslaughter

Published 5:30pm Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Brantley teen has been jailed and charged with manslaughter following the shooting death of another local teen early Wednesday morning around 4:20.
Nineteen-year-old Taylor Stricklin Driggers has been charged after 18-year-old Kristin Danielle Fuller of Luverne was shot and killed, according to Crenshaw County Sheriff’s investigator Mike Johnson.
The incident occurred at a home on Campground Church Road near the Crenshaw and Pike County line.
Neither Fuller nor Driggers were residents of the home in which the incident occurred.
Driggers is currently being held in the Crenshaw County Jail on a $100,000, Johnson said.
Driggers had his first hearing Thursday morning.
He is being held in the Crenshaw County Jail through the weekend and will not be permitted to make his bond until Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Once Driggers is released from jail, he will be placed on house arrest until his initial preliminary hearing, which likely will be set in February, District Attorney Charlotte Tesmer said.

Johnson said Thursday morning the incident is still under investigation and the charge could change.

Authorities say there were around eight people in the house at the time of the shooting, and they are currently re-interviewing them.

Authorities also say alcohol may have played a role in the incident.

Both were students at Troy University.
Troy University officials released a statement concerning the incident.
“The University extends its most sincere sympathies to the Fuller family during this difficult time,” officials said.

Driggers, who was a standout football player at Brantley High School, signed with TROY to play football in February 2013, but he has yet to join the team, according to the university. It was anticipated that he would join the team in the spring or summer of 2014.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting at the request of the Crenshaw County Sheriff and District Attorney’s office.
According to Alabama Code, Section 13A-6-3 – Manslaughter.

“A person commits the crime of manslaughter if:

(1) He recklessly causes the death of another person, or
(2) He causes the death of another person under circumstances that would constitute murder under Section 13A-6-2; except, that he causes the death due to a sudden heat of passion caused by provocation recognized by law, and before a reasonable time for the passion to cool and for reason to reassert itself.
(b) Manslaughter is a Class B felony.”

The Journal will update when more details become available.

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