Auburn Shooting: Lee County
Lee County Judge Jacob Walker sentences 25-year-old Desmonte Leonard to a life in prison for killing two former Auburn University players and another man during a shooting at an off-campus party. The judge sentenced Leonard on Tuesday and upheld the jury’s recommendation of life in prison without parole. A jury convicted Leonard of capital murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of former Auburn football players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips along with DeMario Pitts. Leonard told Walker Tuesday that he was sorry for what happened and that no one deserved to die. Leonard testified during his trial that he fired in self-defense because he feared for his life. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.