Trial date set for Jemison attempted murder suspect

Published 10:50 am Friday, April 21, 2017

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

CLANTON – A 30-year-old Jemison man is set to stand trial on an attempted murder charge in Chilton County Circuit Court in October, after he pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier this year.

Lyventa Jamar Smith, who lists an address on Robin Lane in Jemison, will stand trial beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 16, according to an order issued by Circuit Court Judge Ben Fuller in mid-April.

Smith was indicted on the attempted murder charge in February, and entered a plea of not guilty shortly after he was indicted.

The Jemison Police Department arrested Smith on Aug. 21, 2016, following a shooting in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station on U.S. 31 in downtown Jemison.

JPD responded to a call of two individuals shooting at each other in the gas station parking lot at about 6:50 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2016. When officers arrived, Smith and 36-year-old Jemison resident Anthony Martez Ford had fled the scene.

Ford walked to the Jemison Fire Station to receive treatment for a gunshot wound to the leg, and was later transported to UAB Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to Jemison police. Smith was located a short time later, apprehended and charged with attempted murder.

At the time of Smith’s arrest, Jemison police said the two men had been feuding for months leading up to the shooting. During the incident, the two men, armed with handguns, fired at least 10 shots at each other, according to the JPD.

As of April 21, Ford was not facing any criminal charges tied to the incident.

Smith was released from the Chilton County Jail on Aug. 23, 2016, after posting a $50,000 bond.