A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2020 ambush slaying of his cousin on a Birmingham roadway.
Charza Jamal Knight was initially charged with capital murder in the April 13, 2020, slaying of Cordai Deone Molette. A Jefferson County jury in May found Knight guilty of the lesser charge of felony murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michael Streety handed down Knight’s sentencing on Wednesday.
The case was prosecuted by deputy district attorneys Charissa Hendrix, Eric Hamilton, and Blake Owens. Knight was represented by the Jefferson County Public Defender Office.
It was just after 4:30 p.m. that Monday when officers from the South Precinct responded to a shot-spotter call of multiple rounds fired in the area of the 200 block of 48th St. North. Upon arrival, officers found 23-year-old Molette unresponsive inside of a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead.