Capital Murder Case Set for Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Jury selection begins Monday for the capital murder trial of Michael Landrum, the former Alabama quarterback accused of hiring a hit man to kill his three-year-old daughter and her grandmother.

The 43-year-old Landrum is accused in the deaths of three-year-old Mikayla Little and 52-year-old Ida Little. The grandmother was taking care of the child, whose mother, Wanda Little, was in Iraq with the National Guard.

The man hired to kill the two, 23-year-old Jeffrey Napier of Sweet Water, is expected to testify. To avoid a death sentence, Napier earlier pleaded guilty to the August 2003 shooting deaths. He's expected to get life in prison without parole.

The trial is set for Marengo County Circuit Court Judge Eddie Hardaway's courtroom in Linden.

Landrum became the first black quarterback to play at Alabama when he was inserted into the game as a reserve against Vanderbilt on Sept. 29, 1979. The Crimson Tide won 66-3.

Landrum transferred the next season to the University of Southern Mississippi, where he played in 1982 and '83. Later, he became known as a disc jockey who worked in west Alabama and called himself "Dr. Rock."


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