TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Two men accused of gunning down a Tuscumbia teenager was arraigned Wednesday afternoon.
Indicted just a few weeks ago for capital murder, Peter Capote and Benjamin Young made their first appearance in circuit court.
Under heavy security, both men were escorted into the Colbert County Courthouse where they took turns standing before Judge Hal Hughston and entering a plea of not guilty to capital murder.
According to court documents, Peter Capote and Benjamin Young are thought to be the trigger men in the shooting death of 19-year-old Kijana Freeman.
Tuscumbia police said the shooting happened on March 1st in a parking lot at Spring Creek Apartments.
During their investigation, police said it was learned the two men and Thomas Hubbard set up a meeting with Freeman to get revenge for a burglary.
Police said during a preliminary hearing the three men thought Freeman was selling an Xbox which at one time belonged to Hubbard.
Investigators learned the Xbox actually belonged to Freeman out-right, and the men targeted the wrong person.
A second teen was also injured during the shooting. Capote and Young have also been indicted for assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle. They pleaded not guilty to all three counts of their indictments.
Thomas Hubbard was also indicted for capital murder. De’Vontae Bates, who allegedly setup the meeting, was indicted for criminal conspiracy. They are scheduled for arraignment on Thursday.
All four men remain in custody at the Colbert County Jail. Bates is the only subject who is eligible for bond, which is set at $500,000.