DEFENDANT TESTIFIES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY DOUBLE-SHOOTING CASE

DEFENDANT TESTIFIES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY DOUBLE-SHOOTING CASE

MT. VERNON, IL — A Jefferson County jury found a 45-year-old Mt. Vernon man guilty on three of five counts Friday in a 2020 case charging him in connection with a double shooting last summer. Alvin C. Smallwood was charged with four Class X felonies – two for aggravated battery through the discharge of a firearm and two for armed violence – along with one Class 2 felony for being a felon in possession of a firearm with a prior conviction. The jury deliberated less than three hours Friday and found Smallwood guilty of the two Class X armed violence charges and the Class 2 felon in possession of a firearm charge but not guilty on the two aggravated battery charges.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, they responded that July afternoon to a report of shots fired and a person lying on the ground in the 2800 block of College. MVPD Officers and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies, along with medical personnel from the Mt. Vernon Fire Department and Litton’s Ambulance responded to the area. Upon officer’s arrival, it was determined two people had been struck by gunfire and transported from the scene by personal vehicles. Both victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutors on Thursday presented a long list of evidence in the case including police bodycam video, bloody clothing, shell casings, and gunshot residue test results. In an unusual defense move, Smallwood took the stand Thursday and provided testimony in the case against him.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 1st.