DOTHAN, Ala. — The half-brother of the Rev. Al Sharpton has been cleared of a capital murder charge after an 18-member Houston County grand jury found insufficient evidence to indict and returned a no-true bill on Thursday.
Kenneth Glasglow, a 55-year-old voting rights activist, was charged with capital murder stemming from a 2018 shooting, in which a passenger of a car Glasglow drove shot a woman suspected of stealing his vehicle. Glasglow was charged under an Alabama law that holds abetting parties liable for the underlying criminal act.
According to police, Glasglow and 29-year-old Jamie Townes were searching for Townes’s car. Later, when Townes saw his vehicle being driven by 23-year-old Breunia Jennings, he got out and fired multiple shots. Jennings later died of a gunshot wound to the head. Townes currently awaits trial.
Glasglow expressed relief at the dismissal of charges against him, telling WTVY “Everybody knows I should not have been charged,” He believes Dothan officials targeted him for his criticism of policing against Black Americans.
“It isn’t easy to express how I feel at this moment, knowing the charges imposed upon me should not have ever happened. The weight of this charge has caused deep turmoil and increased anxiety levels to my family, friends, colleagues, and supporters,” Glasgow said in a statement.
His attorney, Derek Yarbrough, reaffirmed Glasglow’s appreciation for the charges being dismissed.
“It has been hanging over his head for this long,” Yarbrough said.
Glasglow still faces charges from an unrelated case in which he’s been charged with drug possession, assault on a police officer, and tampering with evidence.