Man charged with murder in Prichard Christmas party shooting denied bond

Mobile County

PRICHARD, Ala. (WKRG) — A man arrested for the murder of another man at a Christmas party was denied bond. James Lee James, Jr. is charged in the shooting death of Jahiem Pugh on Sunday, December 13.

James turned himself in to Prichard Police on Wednesday. As he was being taken to Mobile Metro Jail, he told reporters, “Whoever did it, you need to come and fess up to it. All you mother****ers talking about I did it, you know I ain’t do it. Y’all need to come down here and fess up to this man for real.”

Court documents reveal James was out on bond for allegedly shooting two people back in February when this shooting happened. Records show there were more than 100 people at the Christmas house party.

‘It wasn’t me. I know that much. They know who it is, but it’s all good. I’ll be out soon,” James said.

The family of Jahiem Pugh wants his murder investigated as a hate crime. Prichard police say that decision is up to the district attorney’s office.

WKRG News 5 spoke with Pugh’s mother on Tuesday.

“He was shot around 4:45, they didn’t call the police until 5:15, where this part was should be held accountable because no one tried to resuscitate my son, nobody tried to help him and on Facebook and social media. It says he shouldn’t have been dressed as a girl hashtag, so if he had been a regular boy or girl laying on the ground he might have would have got some attention,” Tiffany Pugh said.

Pugh’s family were in court for James’ bond hearing. James is scheduled for another court hearing on February 4th.

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