Sport Alabama fan charged with murder of LSU fan after shooting during LSU-Alabama game
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, an Alabama fan was fatally injured after a verbal altercation with two LSU fans during the annual SEC West clash turned physical. This year, an LSU fan, 29-year-old James Michael Roland “Mikie” Merritt, was shot with a pistol by 31-year-old David Allen Fulkerson, an Alabama fan, during the game. After spending nearly a week on life support, Merritt died last Friday after the family decided to pull the plug.
Fulkerson was originally charged with attempted murder; that charge has since been upgraded to murder.
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“They just got into it over the ball game,” Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said by way of the. “They’d been jawing at each other all day. Alcohol played a big part in it.”
Williamson said that Fulkerson’s and Merritt’s girlfriends are sisters and that the fight broke out at Fulkerson’s residence in Littleville, Alabama. People had gathered there to watch the game in which LSU beat Alabama 46-41.
Court records obtained by AL.com say that Fulkerson, a 31-year-old from Tuscumbia, Alabama, was cheering for Alabama and Merritt was cheering for LSU. When Merritt called a football player an expletive, Fulkerson thought he had said it to him and grabbed his gun.
Fulkerson’s defense attorney has claimed that the shooting was in self-defense, evidenced by a black eye he suffered. However, one witness told authorities that she watched Fulkerson hit himself in the face.
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2 arrested in shooting after LSU-Alabama game
2 arrested in shooting after LSU-Alabama game.