The Root: Lakeith Smith Gets 65 Years for Death of 16-Year-Old Killed by Police

The Root published Lakeith Smith Gets 65 Years for Death of 16-Year-Old Killed by Police.

His friend, A’Donte Washington, was killed by police that night, shot four times for allegedly brandishing a gun.

Yet under Alabama’s accomplice liability law, Smith was not only tried as an adult but also charged in A’Donte’s death, even though it was a cop’s bullet that ended the 16-year-old’s life.