Hueytown man charged with capital murder pleads guilty to lesser charge

Thanks for visiting Popular Crime. The story below is a summary we’re sharing from another news source, who did original reporting on the case. 

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 […]

Thanks to Hunt A Killer for this great deal

We’ve partnered with a terrific new immersive game experience for True Crime fans like us.

And for a limited time, they have let us know that readers or PopularCrime can take 20% off their first box by using the code POPULARCRIME at checkout. We hope you enjoy the game as much as we do and join us as we unravel the clues in the latest box every month.

Choose Your Plan  

Popular Crime pulls in news of current and historical true crime cases from all over the world. The above excerpted is reprinted here under the provisions of Fair Use. Any and all reporting was done by the original publisher. We encourage you to visit the original publisher.

For more information about our site, click here.

Newsletter

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Your Archivist

Your Archivist

Newspapers call their archives the morgue. I love that. This is probably because so many stories were about murder and crime. I'm archiving the present state of crime, punishment and journalism. I love true crime stories. Join me as I curate and collect the best current cases. Additionally, we'll review past crimes that intrigued and fascinated the public. It's murder and mayhem for the masses.