Confronted by male rival, teenager shoots him, prosecutors say

DECATUR — Prosecutors say when another teenage male walked in on 17-year-old Louis L. Binkley as he lay on a bed with a female friend in her Decatur bedroom, the other male got upset and an argument ensued.

But while the other teenager, also aged 17, confined his anger to yelling, Binkley is accused of pulling a semi-automatic pistol and shooting his rival in the chest.

And he is further accused of continuing to fire “several more times” as the other male fled for his life out of the 20-year-old woman’s Decatur apartment in the 400 block of North Pine Street on the evening of Oct. 7.

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The wounded man survived with a bullet hole in his lower right chest and police started looking for Binkley, who was known to the woman by his Facebook profile name “Mr. El-Blamo.”

The cops caught up with Binkley Nov. 22 and he is due to appear in Macon County Circuit Court on Feb. 7 for a pretrial hearing. He is denying committing aggravated battery through the discharge of a firearm. He has also entered not guilty pleas to further charges of the aggravated discharge of a gun, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and having no FOID card.

A sworn affidavit filed by Decatur police said officers had interviewed the wounded man — and a male friend who had been with him — on the day of the shooting and quickly traced the apartment location of the gunfire.

“Upon searching the apartment, a crime scene was located,” said Officer Tyler Nottingham who signed the affidavit.

“Two spent 9mm shell casings and two fired projectiles were found inside the apartment.”

The victim’s version of events was backed up by both the woman and the victim’s 15-year-old male friend who told police he also fled when the gunfire started.

According to the affidavit, the woman, who is quoted as telling cops she had earlier invited Binkley to visit her apartment, said: “…She observed Louis shoot (the victim) and continue to shoot at him several times.”

Tried as an adult but still too young to be held in the Macon County Jail, Binkley is in custody at a juvenile detention facility after Judge Rodney Forbes ruled that he was a “delinquent minor” and there was an “urgent necessity” to detain him in custody.

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