From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The preliminary hearing has been set for a Trussville teen accused in the shooting death of another teen on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
Steven Chase Lafoy, 17, is charged with capital murder in the death of Trent Thomas Parkerson. A preliminary hearing has been set for Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. in Jefferson County.
Police Chief Eric Rush said the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. The incident occurred outside of a home in the 7600 block of Happy Hollow Road, which is north of Deerfoot Parkway.
Detective Ben Short said the suspect called 911 and reported the shooting.
Parkerson, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene. He was inside a locked vehicle.
Detectives said Lafoy and Parkerson, who were friends, got into a physical altercation over a theft that had occurred. They believe Parkerson was attempting to leave when he was shot with a rifle.
Lafoy was taken into custody and police said he cooperated with detectives handling the investigation.
Both teens were students at Hewitt-Trussville High School. They were also teammates on the varsity football team.
Parkerson was a senior defensive end for the Hewitt-Trussville football team this past season. He played in eight games and recorded eight total tackles. He was also a member of the varsity wrestling team.
“We are devastated and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Trent Parkerson, a member of our Husky football family,” Hewitt-Trussville football head coach Josh Floyd said in a statement. “We are praying for the families impacted by this tragedy. Our coaches have reached out to the other members of our team and are committed to working with them through the grieving process. We encourage the entire Trussville community to look for our ways to support the Parkerson family in any way possible.”
Lafoy bonded out of the Jefferson County Jail with a $500,000 property bond. The preliminary hearing was initially delayed because of the coronavirus.