Defendant testifies in Jefferson County double-shooting case

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Jefferson County jury began deliberations Friday afternoon in a 2020 case charging a 45-year-old Mt. Vernon man with shooting two people last summer.

Alvin C Smallwood is charged in Jefferson County Court with four Class X felonies – two for aggravated battery through the discharge of a firearm and two for armed violence – along with one Class 2 felony for being a felon in possession of a firearm with a prior conviction.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, they responded that July afternoon to a report of shots fired and a person lying on the ground in the 2800 block of College.

Mt. Vernon police officers and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies, along with medical personnel from the Mt Vernon Fire Department and Litton’s Ambulance responded to the area.

Upon officers’ arrival, it was determined two people had been struck by gunfire and transported from the scene by personal vehicles.

Both victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutors on Thursday presented a long list of evidence in the case including police bodycam video, bloody clothing, shell casings, and gunshot residue test results.

In an unusual defense move, Smallwood took the stand Thursday and provided testimony in the case against him.