Out on bond for murder, David Lindsey Jr. apologized to the mother of his victim Tuesday before he was sentenced to three years in prison for killing Josephus Brundidge on Thanksgiving 2006.
"I just ask you to have mercy on me and may you forgive me again," Lindsey said as he stood before Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene. "I ain't never been a bad kid."
Lindsey, 26, admitted in April to murdering his 20-year-old brother-in-law. The shooting stemmed from an argument Lindsey and his wife had early Thanksgiving morning at E.K. Garrett Apartments, Chief Deputy District Attorney Buster Landreau said. Brundidge became angry when he heard how Lindsey spoke to his sister early that morning and Lindsey left after an argument.
He returned around 9:30 a.m. with two cousins. Lindsey reached into the trunk of his car, pulled a gun and shot Brundidge, Landreau said.
"He was disabled, and he did not have a weapon," Darlene Jackson, Brundidge's mother, told Greene about her son. "He didn't even know how to use a gun."
Attorney Connie Cooper, who represents Lindsey, said Brundidge was armed during the incident. She also said witnesses would have testified they saw Brundidge fire a gun that morning.
"He's decided to take responsibility," she said of Lindsey. "He's ready to accept responsibility."
After Lindsey serves his prison time, he will have 17 years on probation.