DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – 22-year old Darrius Sherrod was convicted of capital murder Monday afternoon for the September 15, 2010 shooting death of 19-year old Matthew “Homer” Marquez Jackson. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sherrod said nothing as he was led away from the Morgan County Courthouse for the short ride back to the county jail.
Defense attorney Brian White expressed his disappointment with the verdict saying he hoped the jury would consider the shooting an act of self-defense. Sherrod testified Friday he had gone to confront Jackson and another man and opened fire on them after he thought one of them was reaching for a gun. However Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson told WHNT News 19 Sherrod’s plight, along with the death of Jackson, were the result of choices he had made.
“Mr. Sherrod made a choice that night. He made a choice to arm himself. He made a choice to drive down the street that he knew that victim was on. He made a choice to point that gun at him and pull the trigger. And we saw the result and now he’s paying for that choice,” Anderson said.
Paramedics, along with Decatur Fire & Rescue, were summoned to the courthouse shortly after the verdict was announced. One firefighter told WHNT News 19 that Sherrod’s mother had collapsed inside. She was transported from the courthouse by ambulance.