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3 charged in killing of boy inside Hoover shopping mall

They're charged in the killing last Friday of 8-year-old Royta Giles Jr.

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 7:41 AM

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Three people are now charged in the killing of an 8-year-old boy who was shot to death inside Alabama's largest shopping mall.

Police in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover on Tuesday announced capital murder charges against two 19-year-olds, King Gary Williams and Demetrius Dewayne Jackson Jr. They're charged in the killing last Friday of 8-year-old Royta Giles Jr.

Another man was charged on Sunday. Police say the boy was caught in the crossfire of a shootout that began inside the Riverchase Galleria mall. The child was waiting with his family to go inside a store to buy new outfits for July 4.

Three other people were wounded.

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