Hubbard pleads not guilty in Tuscumbia teen’s shooting death

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. - The man thought to be behind the shooting death of a Tuscumbia teen back in March appeared in court for arraignment Thursday morning.

Thomas Hubbard, along with two other men, was indicted for capital murder just a couple of weeks ago.

During Thomas Hubbard's arraignment Thursday morning, attorneys may have outlined their defense within their plea.

After the reading of the indictment, attorneys stated Hubbard was not guilty of capital, and then added not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Attorneys representing Hubbard said their client has a history of mental disease.

Attorneys contend Hubbard knew nothing about the shooting death of 19-year-old Kijana Freeman on March 1st.

Tuscumbia police said a truck pulled up behind Freeman in the parking lot of Spring Creek Apartments the night of the shooting. Investigators said two men got out of the truck and began firing into the driver’s side where Freeman was sitting.

Investigators have stated under oath the shooting was revenge for a burglary at Thomas Hubbard’s home.

De’Vontae Bates was also arraigned on Thursday for criminal conspiracy, a felony count. Police have said Bates sat in on a meeting the night before the shooting between all three suspects, and then set up the meeting with Freeman the night of the shooting.

Both Hubbard and Bates remain in the Colbert County Jail. Hubbard is being held without bail, while Bates has a $500,000 bond.

Peter Capote and Benjamin Young were both arraigned Wednesday afternoon and entered a plea of not guilty.

A trial date for all four suspects has not been set in Colbert County at this time.