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Accused cop killer pleads guilty in 2019 slaying of Birmingham police Sgt. Wytasha Carter

The suspect in the 2019 fatal shooting of Birmingham police Sgt. Wytasha Carter pleaded guilty Monday to the slain officer’s death.

Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr announced that Jeremy Elwin Owens, 33, today pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He avoided the death penalty by taking the plea.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder in the wounding of Officer Lucas Allums and for shooting at Sgt. Talana Brown. He received life in the two attempted murder convictions.

Carr said the plea ends the criminal case, “but we know the effects of this defendant’s actions will be felt by the Carter family, the Birmingham Police Department and our community forever.”

“We want to continue to give our condolences to the Carter family as well as our commitment to honor the life of Sgt. Wytasha Carter as we continue to serve this community and fight for justice,’' Carr said. “So many people were affected by the deadly actions of the defendant on that day and we recognize the Birmingham Police Department, in losing Sgt. Carter, lost a brother, a friend, and a mentor to the many young dedicated officers still out there each and every day serving the community.”

Police Chief Patrick Smith said the loss of Carter has been a very difficult and traumatic chapter for the Birmingham Police Department. “Our officers still mourn the loss of him, just like the Carter family continues to mourn. The plea agreement entered by Jeremy Owens merely ends the court proceedings, but does nothing the mend the pain of his family or BPD officers,’' the chief said. “My thoughts and prayers continue to focus on Sergeant Carter’s family. My hope is they find a little more peace with this plea agreement and they are able sleep a little better each night. I know their lives were forever changed.”

Smith thanked Carr and his staff, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency which investigated the case and the many law enforcement agencies who provided assistance and the community for their outpouring of love and support during that difficult time.

Owens was represented by attorneys John Lentine, Wendell Sheffield and Chris Daniel. “Sgt. Carter’s death was the unfortunate result of a chaotic situation that went terribly wrong,’' Lentine said. “By his pleas today, Jeremy not only took responsibility for his actions that night, but he was also allowed to express his sincere regret and remorse for his actions to Sgt. Carter’s family. We are thankful and relieved he no longer faces the death penalty and that the cases are over.”

The shooting happened at 2:11 a.m. in the 800 block of Fifth Avenue North.

Owens had been seriously wounded in the exchange of gunfire with police and was taken into custody when he was released from UAB’s Spain Rehabilitation Center. Owens, who has limited mobility since the Jan. 13 shooting, was transported in the slain sergeant’s handcuffs. (more....)
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