A Wetumpka man is in jail with no bond on a murder charge after the shooting death of a juvenile early this morning, according to Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.
Jason Gosdin, 39, of Wetumpka was taken into custody this morning and booked into jail. He remains in the Elmore County Jail at this time.
The deceased has been identified by Sheriff Franklin as Christian Baker, 19.
According to Sheriff Franklin, his deputies were called around 4:20 a.m. to a residence near Ceasarville Road with a Deatsville Address. “We are still trying to interview witnesses, but the problem is that many of them were juveniles and extremely inebriated at the time, so questioning them has been a challenge,” Franklin said.
Franklin said the original caller is believed to be an ex-wife of Gosdin, but the nature of that call is not clear.
Gosdin reportedly showed up to find a group of teenagers at the residence. He reportedly approached a vehicle outside and Franklin said Gosdin began pistol whipping a 19-year-old identified as Login Perry. Franklin said the young man was hit once and knocked unconscious but was not seriously injured.
Franklin said that Gosdin then fired a round from a handgun into the vehicle. That bullet struck Christian Baker, hitting him near the groin area, as he was sitting in the back seat. Baker died as a result of that wound.
Franklin said that Gosdin then left the scene and a search began for his vehicle. Around 9:50 a.m. the vehicle was located on US 231 in Wetumpka, and Gosdin was taken into custody.
“We expect this case to go before a Grand Jury, perhaps in April,” Franklin said. “Because of the circumstances, by virtue of shooting into an occupied vehicle and causing a death, it is possible the charge could be elevated to capital murder, but that will be up to a grand jury.”
Franklin said there are still several elements of the crime investigators are piecing together this morning.
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