Eight Mile, Alabama - When Judge Charles McKnight asked if there was any family in the courtroom, only one one person raised his hand.
A man, who said he was the cousin of 17 year old capital murder suspect Vonterry Conners, sat quietly near the back of the court.
Conners is accused of gunning down a 63 year old neighbor after prosecutors say she refused to give him money. "She dismissed him," said Jo Beth Murphree, assistant district attorney, who told the judge Conners gave a "full confession."
Jo Ellen Russell was on her way to work at the Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services when she was allegedly approached by Conners, who was out of jail on bond for a May assault case. Russell was in her car when she was shot once in the neck, according to police. Her car continued out of control down Brucewood Drive, crashing into at least two mailboxes and a pile of trash before it finally stopped near the driveway of the home where Conners lived with his grandmother.
Neighbors tell News Five Conners may have done yard work for Russell in the past. Jean Green, who lives across the street from Conners, says she watched him grow up since he was a young boy and is "shocked" by his arrest. Yeah right.
Judge McKnight denied bond for Conners. His next court hearing is scheduled for December 9.
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