Iron Bowl party murder case bound over to grand jury

By CASSANDRA MICKENS/Associate Editor

COLUMBIANA — The murder case against a Birmingham woman who allegedly shot and killed another woman at an Iron Bowl party last year has been bound over to a grand jury.

Briskey

Briskey

Adrian Laroze Briskey, 28, appeared in Shelby County Circuit Court Feb. 5 for a preliminary hearing, but the hearing was waived.

“We’ve let the case take its natural course to go to the grand jury,” said Briskey’s attorney John Robbins. Robbins also said the date of Briskey’s grand jury appearnce is uncertain.

Briskey is charged with murder in the death of Michelle Shepherd, also of Birmingham. Briskey was released from the Shelby County Jail Dec. 2 after posting a $75,000 bond.

Briskey allegedly shot Shepherd during an Iron Bowl party at about 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Summerchase at Riverchase apartments in Hoover. The two women, both Alabama fans who did not know each other prior to the party, got into an argument after the game ended, according to Hoover police.

Shepherd’s sister, Neketa Shepherd, who claims she witnessed the shooting, said in previous reports that Briskey was mad that Shepherd was joking after the stunning Alabama loss and didn’t appear to be a true Crimson Tide fan.

Hoover investigators said the argument moved outdoors and a physical altercation ensued. It was then Briskey allegedly shot Shepherd with a small caliber handgun. Shepherd, a mother of three, was pronounced dead at the scene.