A father. A grandfather.
Murdered by a young black male who was out on bond for felony charges (he was indicted for) over a robbery and assault after he had held up another individual at gunpoint.
|A murder hardly registered a news story out of Birmingham, Alabama....|
He was out of jail on a $60,000 bond when he murdered 52-year-old Ricky James McKeithan. [Young Bessemer man charged in deadly shooting of U.S. Navy veteran, Al.com, 11-22-17]:
A young Bessemer man has been charged in the shooting death of a 52-year-old U.S. Navy veteran.
Bessemer police on Wednesday announced s murder charge against 21-year-old Kyler Deshard Hatter. At the time of Hatter's arrest on Tuesday, he already was awaiting trial on charges of assault, robbery and possession of a forged instrument.
Hatter is charged in the Monday death of Ricky James McKeithan. The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of 12th Street North. McKeithan was shot multiple times, including twice to the chest. He was taken to UAB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Family members on the scene Monday said McKeithan, a self-employed carpenter, was driving along the street in his pickup truck when he got into an argument with someone in a black Corvette, which sped away from the scene. Bessemer police stopped a black Corvette on nearby Ridge Avenue.
Officers surrounded a house there, but did not go inside. At least one weapon was recovered from one of the vehicles, but it wasn't clear if it was the gun used in the shooting.
Authorities have not yet said whether the victim and the suspect knew each other. According to McKeithan's obituary, he was a fiance, father and grandfather. "He was a big Facebook fan with over 3,000 Facebook friends,'' his obituary read. He leaves behind a fiance, a son, two daughters and four grandchildren.
Court records show Hatter was arrested in March, and indicted in August, on felony charges of robbery and assault after he robbed another man at gunpoint.
The victim was injured during the holdup, but the records didn't specify how he was injured. Hatter was currently out of jail on $60,000 bond in that case.
He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday just before 12:30 p.m. His bond on the murder charge is set at $150,000.Ricky James McKeithan was a U.S. Naval veteran, who was shot nine times by an indicted black criminal out on a $60,000 bail (for attempted robbery and assault).
And no one, outside his family and friends on Facebook, cares to remember his name.