An 86-year-old Korean War veteran died earlier this month days after he was beaten and stabbed during a violent home robbery.
Carroll Jordan of Chickasaw, Ala., was attacked on Jan. 27 and died 12 days later as a result of complications from surgery.
Considering the brutal nature of the crime, two of the suspects charged in Jordan's death -- DeAngelo Terrell Smith, 21, Yasmine Munnerlyn, 19 -- sported some curious grins in their mug shots.
The third suspect, and Carlos Nottingham, 20, had a more somber look in his official police photo.
From left to right: DeAngelo Terrell Smith, 21, Yasmine Munnerlyn, 19, and Carlos Nottingham, 20. (Image source: Mobile County Sheriff's Office)
According to Opposing Views, they attempted to steal a flat-screen television and a wedding ring.
A fourth person, 18-year-old Robert Campbell, was also arrested, but charges were later dropped as there was no evidence he was involved in the home invasion.
Smith, Munnerlyn and Nottingham were initially arrested and charged with attempted murder and burglary, but after Jordan's death, they were accused of capital murder.
This latter charge was dropped following the results of an autopsy.
"The autopsy has now been completed and as horrible has these defendants’ actions were that day the cause of death has now turned out to be complications from surgery due to an aortic aneurysm that Mr. Jordan had," Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said Wednesday. "These injuries that the state alleges these three individual caused did not cause Mr. Jordan’s ultimate death. So therefore, the capital murder causes against will be dismissed."
Since prosecutors cannot prove that the beating is directly related to the death, the three accused could receive 20 years to life rather than capital punishment.
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