Four Held Without Bond In Elmore Co. Shooting

Montgomery Advertiser

Antonio Jerido

Keon Butler

Trumont Turpin

Roderick Foster
Elmore County deputies have arrested three more men in a shooting that left one man dead and another critically injured.

According to Sheriff Bill Franklin, those arrested Thursday are:
  • Keon Butler, 16, of Dozier Road in Wetumpka.
  • Roderick Foster, 17, of Edgewood Street in Montgomery.
  • Trumont Turpin, 19, of Dunn Drive in Montgomery.

Foster and Butler are being charged as adults in the case, said District Attorney Randall Houston.

On Monday, Antonio Jerido, 35, of Mount Zion Road in Wetumpka was charged with capital murder and assault, records show.

Each man faces capital murder charges in the Jan. 17 shooting death of Cornelius Wayne Gibbs, 35, and assault charges in the shooting of Darryl Benson, 35, both of Wetumpka, according to records in the Elmore County Courthouse.

All four men are being held in the Elmore County Jail under no bond on the capital murder charges. Jerido faces a $500,000 bond on the assault charge, and the other three face bonds of $30,000 on the assault charge, jail records show. They were charged with capital murder because the homicide occurred in the commission of a robbery.

The men could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. Court records do not show if they have attorneys.

The shooting took place at Gibbs’ home on Mount Zion Road. Investigators believe robbery was the motive.

Benson’s condition is improving but he is still in serious condition at Baptist Medical Center South, said Ricky Lowery, chief deputy for the sheriff’s office.

Benson was shot once while he sat in a vehicle parked near Gibbs’ home, police reports show. Gibbs apparently tried to run away from the attack. His body was found several feet away near a fence line on his property, Franklin said.

If convicted, the men face a sentence of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors haven’t determined if the death penalty will be sought against the four, Houston said.

Houston said evidence will be presented to a future session of the Elmore County grand jury. The grand jury could choose to upgrade the assault charge to an attempted murder indictment, he said.