Man facing Capital Murder charges in Madison shooting denied youthful offender status

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - Trevor Cantrell, one of the two charged for a deadly shooting in Madison, will be charged as an adult. A Limestone County Judge denied Cantrell's request for youthful offender status.

"I wouldn't say I was shocked given the nature of the offense and given the circumstances around the whole charge," Jake Watson, Cantrell's attorney, said.

Cantrell, 19, faces capital murder charges in the shooting death of Jason West, 18.

"In this case, the state is seeking the death penalty," Watson said. "So, that's a serious consequence as everyone's aware."

Watson said he doesn't believe the judge will set a date this year because of the seriousness of the charges.

"Investigators have done a lot of work that we're entitled to," Watson explained. "The Department of Forensic Sciences is involved, experts, but at the same time, the defense is required to do a complete investigation of the client's life, the life story, and that as you can imagine, takes a while."

Decedric Ward, 22, also faces Capital Murder charges in the case.

The shooting happened December 26, 2016 at the Sonic Drive-in on County Line Road in Madison.

According to the criminal complaint, West agreed to buy Xanax from the two men at the Sonic restaurant on County Line Road.

The document goes on to say 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.

No trial date has been set for Trevor Cantrell. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.