JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. — The death case of 17-year-old Anthony Raymond Jack Scott is being sent to a grand jury.
A long-awaited preliminary hearing took place on Thursday. 16-year-old Jacob Taylor Isbell is charged as an adult with manslaughter in Scott’s death.
On July 3, Scott was shot in the face at home on the 19000 block of Alabama 35 in Scottsboro. He later died on July 5 at Erlanger Hospital.
Detective Zackie Gant testified Isbell provided him with a statement after the incident. According to Gant, Isbell said that he and several others went looking for open car doors when they stole a pair of guns. Then, the juveniles stole a silver Pontiac before picking up Scott. Scottsboro police have confirmed Scott was not involved in the thefts.
The stolen vehicle was dropped off at a different location. Scottsboro police confirmed from there, they walked to a home on the 19000 block of Alabama 35.
Isbell told police that he was handling the gun and pulled the trigger, thinking the safety was on. He said Scott was sitting in the corner of the room in a chair, also holding a gun.
The detective said Isbell told him when the gun went off, blood began gushing from Scott’s mouth. The statement says Isbell tried to give Scott mouth-to-mouth before he and several others drove him to the hospital.
Anthony Scott’s mother Pamela Mitchem says Scott would never play with guns. “I was in the military,” said Mitchem. “My son had hunter’s safety courses. My son knew about gun safety. My son knew guns were not toys.”
Detective Gant says Scottsboro police did not receive a 911 call before the juveniles got to the hospital.
The detective says the gun that went off in Isbell’s hand was a 1911 semi-automatic pistol.
No other statements were read during the hearing.
Scott’s family says police are now providing them with information, but they are still waiting for justice. Scott’s father, Elton Mitchem, says he wants Isbell convicted. “Manslaughter, hopefully, they bump it up to murder,” he says.
Both the defense and the prosecution denied to comment. The judge ruled there is enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury.
Isbell’s bond was lowered from $100,000 to $25,000. He was released on bond last week and will remain out of jail until his trial.
Corrected at 9:45am to add drop-off of stolen car and how Isbell described handling the gun before the shooting.