The charge of Reckless Murder

ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) – On Friday, Alabaster Police arrested Sommer Nicole Wilford at the scene of a burning car where the remains of her infant son were located. She’s in the Shelby County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

The 22-year-old Wilford is charged with Reckless Murder. At this time, police are not talking about, nor have they elaborated on what led to that charge. But what is Reckless Murder? CBS42 reached out to Shelby County’s Assistant District Attorney, Jill Lee, to find out what that charge means.

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Lee says, although it is different than an intentional murder charge, it is just as serious.

“When one manifests extreme indifference to human life, um the conduct of one manifests extreme indifference to human life.” –Jill Lee, Shelby County Assistant District Attorney

The full definition of reckless murder can also be found in the Code of Alabama. It’s located under Title 13A: Criminal Code: Section 13A-6-2: Murder.

The code in full, under (A-2), states:

“Under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, he or she recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to a person other than himself or herself, and thereby causes the death of another person.”

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