Khalief Spencer was fifteen years old when he murdered three people. According to court documents Khalief would shoot and kill the first two people in a brazen attack and a few weeks later Spencer would shoot and kill a third person. Police in Alabama also suspect that Spencer is responsible for at least one more murder.
When the case finally hit trial four years later Spencer would take a last minute plea agreement where he plead guilty to three counts of intentional murder and a twenty five year prison sentence. If he had gone to court and was found guilty he would have automatically faced a prison sentence of life without parole. This teen killer must serve at least eighteen years in prison before he will eligible for parole.
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A Jefferson County judge sentenced a teenage killer to 25 years in prison after his plea deal ended a week-long trial.
Khalief Spencer had been on trial for capital murder for three killings in Birmingham in 2015 when he was 15 years old.
Thursday’s plea deal came during jury deliberations. It reduced the charge from capital murder to intentional murder.
Spencer will have to serve at least 18 years in prison before he’ll be eligible for parole.
He’ll turn 44 in prison if he serves the entire 25 year sentence.
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A Birmingham man pleaded guilty Thursday morning to three murders he committed when he was just 15-years-old.
Khalief Marquise Spencer, now 19, had been charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of three people in 2015. He entered the guilty plea while a jury deliberated his fate.
The jury began deliberations Wednesday and had indicated they were hung 11-1 in favor of finding Spencer guilty. As they prepared to resume deliberations, Spencer took a deal that he had previously turned down when it was offered to him pre-trial with approval from the victims’ families.
Spencer was charged in the Oct. 23, 2015 slayings of Kenneth Davidson and Shundria Peoples, and the Nov. 14, 2015 killing of Tramone Mitchell. Investigators said at the time of his arrest they also suspected him a fourth slaying and said he “has definitely distinguished himself as a killer.”
In pleading guilty to all three slayings, Spencer was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He must serve 18 years before he is even eligible for parole.
The bodies of Davidson, 34, and Peoples, 26, were discovered about 3:30 a.m. on that Friday morning. The Birmingham Police Department’s ShotSpotter system, which detects shots and triangulates gunfire, alerted police to the shooting. When officers arrived on the scene at Woodward Park, they found the pair in the front seat of the Ford Taurus, which was still running.
The victims were shot multiple times in their chests. Medics pronounced them dead on the scene at 4 a.m. Davidson was from Bessemer; Peoples from Birmingham.
In the second, Mitchell was one of two men found shot inside a green 2006 BMW just before 6:30 p.m. on a Saturday outside an apartment complex near the intersection of Cotton Avenue Southwest and 13th Street. Mitchell, a rapper also known as “Lil Mone,” was found in the driver’s seat with gunshot wounds to the face and the shoulder. He was pronounced dead on the scene. His passenger was shot in the groin area and taken to UAB Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Authorities said the surviving victim told investigators two men called him earlier about buying some marijuana. He set up the meeting between Mitchell and the two men. Once Mitchell arrived on the scene, the men opened fire and fled the scene.
In both cases, he said, detectives were able to locate key witnesses who were able to identify the teen as the shooter
Dominic Keeth, then 19, was also charged in Mitchell’s slaying and in the wounding of the second man. Keeth in August pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison with three to serve. The capital murder charge against him was dismissed.
Spencer’s trial began Monday and moved quickly. Included in testimony were jail phone calls in which Spencer was actively working to keep a witness from coming to court to testify against him.
The case was prosecuted by Jefferson County deputy district attorneys Shawn Allen and Matthew Casey. Allen said the outcome was certainly not what he had hoped but acceptable under the circumstances of a possible hung jury in a case that happened four years ago. The Mitchell case was the strongest of those in which Spencer was charged.
“It doesn’t feel like a win,’’ Allen said. “He absolutely deserved life or life without. It’s not what I hoped for.”
Allen commended the work of the Birmingham Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Metro Area Crime Center.
Spencer was represented by Emory Anthony, who said the plea was an offer his client couldn’t refuse considering he was facing three capital murder charges. “My heart goes out to the families,’’ Anthony said.