15-year-old Dothan murder suspect wants new attorney

DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — A Dothan teen accused of shooting two women in the head almost two years ago is requesting a new attorney, alleging his current one is not “acting right.”

In February, Vincent Lamar Oliver Jr. sent a letter to Judge Benjamin Lewis claiming his attorney, Laura Wells, only visited him in Houston County Jail once since his arrest in late 2022.

The teen also says Wells has not stayed in contact with him or his family throughout his lengthy court battle, and they have only learned about new developments in his case from the media.

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Oliver Jr., who was fourteen at the time of the murders, is accused of shooting 21-year-old Jasmine Danielle Bean and 20-year-old Ja’Lexius Lashon Wells to death in November 2022. He is facing two counts of capital murder.

In May 2023, a separate Judge ordered Oliver Jr. to be charged as an adult, and a Houston County Grand Jury indicted the teen in October. However, a month later, the case was halted after Oliver Jr.’s defense team filed a motion to appeal the ruling.

The Alabama Court of Appeals upheld the order, reaffirming the judge’s decision in December 2023, and his case was sent back to the grand jury to be reindicted.

According to the original 2023 indictment, Oliver Jr. shot Bean and Wells in the head. Police say the women were attending a social gathering at a home on Fifth Avenue when the shooting occurred.

Judge Lewis has not responded to Oliver Jr.’s request for a new attorney, and no new court dates have been set in his case.

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