Birmingham AL Oct 19 2016
A woman who shot and killed her co-worker during a 2015 brawl at a Birmingham security company pled guilty to reckless manslaughter yesterday.
Stephanie Brown, 28, was set to begin trial this week. She pled guilty late Monday afternoon.
The incident happened in November last year at I.P.E.S. Security on Parkway East.
Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said the fight started when a female employee was working off-site and learned she was being fired. She drove back to the office and got into a fight with another security employee, later identified as Brown.
Jamall Holder, who had just started working at the company, was there picking up his first paycheck. When the fight started, he tried to break it up.
Brown fired a handgun during the altercation, and shot Holder.
He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Holder was 29.
"He was a good person, always helping out,'' said his mother, Marjorie Holder.
"And that's what he was doing. He was helping out when he saw people having a confrontation. He wanted to break it up. That's the spirit he had," she said.
Holder started working at I.P.E.S., his second job, so he could provide his four children with a better Christmas.
Brown was initially arrested following the shooting, but released after the Jefferson County District Attorney's office requested surveillance video of the fight. Once that footage was obtained, a warrant was issued for Brown and she was arrested again.
Brown has been out of jail on a $30,000 bond.
She will be sentenced on November 28.