Alabama Man Who Shot and Killed ‘Unwanted Houseguest’ to Go On Trial Jan. 9

Posted on January 1, 2012


On Dec. 16, 2009 in Wetumpka, Ala., Bobby Stokes, then 64, was at home and watching TV when he allegedly shot and killed Johnny Leonard, 29. Over two years later, the trial will finally begin.

Little has been reported on the case so far and Wetumpka Deputy Police Chief Anthony Crenshaw said his department is “still trying to determine a motive,” reported the Wetumpka Herald.

On the night of the incident, Leonard entered Stokes’ home with Stokes’ common law wife – and that’s when neighbors heard “cussing and fussing,” according to WSFA:

Neighbors who heard the shots say they are still on edge.  Wetumpka resident Johnny Woodall is still shocked over the gunfire exploding on other side of his fence.  “I heard them getting really loud, a lot of cussing and fussing.  That’s when I went in the house and heard the third shot,” says Woodall.

Stokes’ common law wife is apparently the only eyewitness to the incident, but WSFA reported that Stokes is the one who called 911. After being arrested, Stokes was released on a $75,000 bond.

Since Leonard didn’t force his way in but instead came in with Stokes’ common law wife, it sounds like Stokes, if he did shoot Leonard, just didn’t like that he was there – or that his wife was hanging out with a man half his age (hint hint).

But since the police have taken over two years to find a motive, maybe it’s not that obvious?

Stay tuned for more on Jan. 9!

Posted in: Alabama, Crime