Man accused of shooting, killing 18-year-old in Sonic shooting pleads not guilty

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - Dacedric Ward, the man accused in the shooting death of 18-year-old Jason West, says he is not guilty. Ward faces two capital murder charges for the December 26, 2016, shooting at the Sonic restaurant on County Line Road in Madison.

During a court hearing today in Limestone County, Ward entered a plea of not guilty to both charges; one charge by reason of mental disease.

Ward also received a new trial date at today's hearing. It's now set for December 11.

According to the criminal complaint, West agreed to buy Xanax from the two men at the restaurant. The document also states the pair always intended to rob West, however Ward pulled a gun and shot him shortly after 3:00 p.m. West died a short time later.

Cantrell applied for youthful offender status earlier this month. His next court date is August 3.