HINDS COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – The trial of a man accused with murdering a 14-year-old boy started Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
Stacy Liddell has been charged with murder for the deadly shooting of Roderick Johnson, Jr., which happened near Eminence Row and Bishop Street April 21, 2019.
Hinds County District Attorney Jody E. Owens, II said Johnson was riding his bike with two friends on Easter Sunday when one of them had allegedly taken a bicycle from Liddell’s front yard. He said Liddell chased the children down the street and fired shots at them, hitting Johnson in the back.
The DA’s Office argues the children never posed a danger to Liddell, nor were they involved in committing a felony on his property. Liddell’s attorney claims this is a case of self-defense.
“It is tragic that Stacey Liddell decided to take the law into his own hands and gunned down a 14- year-old child in the streets of Jackson, and I am committed to obtaining justice for 14-year-old Roderick Johnson, Jr, ” said Owens.
Before the trial started, Liddell’s attorney asked Judge Adrienne H. Wooten for a mistrial in the case. He claimed Owens gave away key evidence.
The judge did not order a mistrial, but she placed a gag order on the DA’s Office and Owens. The trial is expected to continue on Wednesday, May 25.