Hueytown man charged with capital murder pleads guilty to lesser charge

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Hueytown man charged with capital murder pleads guilty to lesser charge

Joshua Cowans A Hueytown man charged with capital murder pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Tuesday and was sentenced to prison.

Joshua Louis Cowans, 24, was facing trial this week for his original charge of capital murder. Tuesday, court records show Cowans pleaded guilty to murder and was immediately sentenced by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Teresa Pulliam to 25 years in prison. He will be given credit for time served in the county jail awaiting trial.

Cowans was charged with capital murder in the January 11, 2017 slaying of Rashiem Porter. The shooting happened at 8:44 p.m. that day in the parking lot of Best Convenience Store on Pearson Avenue and 17th Place Southwest.

Porter was pronounced dead on the scene. He was 26.

According to police at the time of the shooting, several men were hanging out in front of the convenience store when Porter and his mother arrived. As Porter was leaving the store, he began to talk with the group of men out front. Minutes later, a fight erupted between Porter and another man. Porter’s mother, Melissa Horton, began to walk home, but Cowans and one other man ran around the building and hit Porter’s mother in the […]

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