Suspect charged in attempted murder

Published 7:20 pm Monday, December 6, 2010

A 24-year-old Luverne man was arrested Friday for allegedly shooting a Troy resident in late November.

Christopher Costill J. Caldwell faces charges of attempted murder in connection with a Nov. 28 incident, according to information from Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage.

Caldwell is accused of shooting Keko Pennington, 28, around 5 p.m. at the Beeline gas station on North Three Notch Street.

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A witness at the scene told police he heard a gunshot and saw the victim on the ground near the entrance of the gas station. He then told police he saw a gold-colored vehicle leaving the scene and headed north, said Troy Police Spokesman Sgt. Benny Scarbrough.

Scarbrough said the victim was shot one time on his right side. Pennington was transported initially to Troy Regional Medical Center and later transferred to Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery.

It is believed a handgun was used in the shooting.

Scarbrough said a warrant was issued for Caldwell, who turned himself into Troy Police around 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

He was later transported to the Pike County Jail around 2:30 p.m., where he was released on a $50,000 bond 15 minutes later.

Attempted murder is a Class A felony, and according to the Alabama Criminal Code of Law Caldwell could face between 10 years and life in prison if convicted.