3 men accused of 2015 Bessemer murder plead guilty to lesser charge

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Three men who were charged with capital murder in the death of a Bessemer man, have plead guilty to a lesser charge.

According to court records, Harold Mason, Rufus Clyde, Jr., and Rashad Taylor plead guilty to the charge of felony murder on Thursday.

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The case dates back to the October 2015 murder of 58-year-old Leon Slay, who was shot and killed during a robbery.

His body was found about a block away from his home on Fairfax Avenue.

Slay was walking to a corner store to pick up groceries for a disabled neighbor when he was killed.

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Two other men charged in the crime, Anthony Murray and Javar Humphrey,  are still waiting on trial dates.

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