UPDATE 1/28/20: The state now says a third party shot Wesley Ledbetter in the chest and they no longer believe he shot himself.
UPDATE 11:10 AM Based on a statement at a previous bond hearing by a Mobile County ADA, the state believes Wesley Ledbetter shot the victim Michael Beasley and then shot himself in the chest. The judge indicated the state said this could have been a failed murder-suicide. Defense Attorney Chase Dearman strenuously argued in court this morning he has evidence that’s not medically possible for his client to have shot himself in the chest in this case. He also claimed his client is not getting the proper medical care he needs in the jail and could be dead before his preliminary hearing.
The judge decided not to make a decision on whether or not to lower Ledbetter’s bond. That will be decided at Ledbetter’s preliminary hearing on January 28th. Judge Spiro Cheriogotis sympathized with the defense’s claims of inadequate medical care in the jail. Cheriogotis said he’d personally call the warden to make sure Ledbetter was getting the treatment he needed for his injury.
ORIGINAL STORY: MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A man accused of murder in shooting death at a Mobile bar is asking for a lower bond. Wesley Ledbetter is expected back in court this morning following the shooting death of Michael Beasley in late 2019.
Mobile Police say this started as a fight at Alabama’s Bar and Lounge on Airport Boulevard and ended with one man dead. Ledbetter was also injured in the incident and at first taken to the hospital in critical condition in mid-November. He was released a month later and charged with murder. He’s currently in Mobile Metro Jail on a $200,000 bond. According to court documents, his attorney is going to ask a judge to lower the bond amount because the suspect didn’t have an attorney when the amount was set.
Ledbetter is accused of killing 31-year-old racing enthusiast and spotter Michael Beasley. Family and friends describe him as a big man with a big heart. They say he was living his dream and was taken far too soon.
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