Birmingham Rapper Two Gunz Vito indicted in death of teen in Tarrant

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 03:57:29 AM. A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 25-year-old Daniel Lee Jelks, aka Two Gunz Vito, on Nov. 17, according to court records made public Monday. He is charged with intentional murder in the Aug. 11 shooting death of 17-year-old Ralph Woodfin III, the nephew of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.

A Birmingham rapper arrested in the summer shooting of a teen in Tarrant has now been indicted in the slaying.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 25-year-old Daniel Lee Jelks, aka Two Gunz Vito, on Nov. 17, according to court records made public Monday. He is charged with intentional murder in the Aug. 11 shooting death of 17-year-old Ralph Woodfin III, the nephew of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.

Jelks also was indicted on a charge of trafficking morphine. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail on $250,000 bond, where he has been held since his Aug. 13 arrest. Jelks' lawyers have previously asked for a bond reduction, but Jefferson County District Judge Laura Petro denied that request and kept Jelks' bond set at $250,000. In her order, she cited Jelks' "reputation with the Tarrant Police Department" as partial reason to keep the bond which is higher than the suggested range for the murder charge.

The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. that Friday at 1434 Thomason Avenue, an address well-known to law enforcement. When they arrived on the scene, the teen was dead on the back porch of the home. A weapon was found next to his body, said Tarrant Police Chief Dennis Reno.

Jelks told police the teen was trying to rob him at gunpoint and that's when he fired on him through the closed back door. The shooting happened, police said, during a dispute between Woodfin and Jelks over guns and a stolen vehicle, but said there was no robbery happening at the time.

Reno said Tarrant officers have been called to the home where the deadly shooting happened multiple times on reports of gunfire, and pointed out old bullet holes in the siding from previous incidents.

Court records show Jelks is currently awaiting trial in a 2015 arrest by Vestavia Hills police. In that case, authorities say Jelks the previous year had illegally sold heroin, and did so within three miles of a school or public housing community. They charged him with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. He was indicted on that case in October, court records show.

A trial date has not yet been set.

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