ENSLEY, Ala. (WIAT) — The man police say shot and killed a four-year-old in an Ensley neighborhood is back in court Tuesday. Joseph Lewis is facing a charge of Reckless Murder for the death of four-year-old Rodriquez Ferguson.
Birmingham Police called this case their ‘highest priority’ because there was such outrage in the Ensley community about what could cause an innocent four-year-old boy being caught in the crossfire of an argument.
We are learning that Joseph Lewis’ defense team says the shooting stemmed from a fight involving his son and some other neighborhood children. Police claim that is when Lewis allegedly opened fire and four-year-old Rodriqeuz Ferguson was shot by a stray bullet. Birmingham police officers worked around the clock, knocking on doors trying to make an arrest in the case.
They believe Lewis is the man who needs to be held accountable. The judge ruled Tuesday afternoon to set Lewis’ bond at $100,000.
Defense Attorney Derrick Collins had this to say about his client after the hearing.
“He (Mr. Lewis) denies being the culprit, my client was there for a legitimate reason and in fact himself had to flee from the scene and received bullet fragments in his back and he was being shot at multiple times leaving the scene,” said Collins.
A preliminary hearing is set for November 7, 2016.