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Suspect found asleep at wheel charged with killing sister, shooting nephew

Clifford Stutson is charged with murder in the shooting death of his sister. Birmingham Police found him alseep at the wheel the day the shooting occurred. (abc3340.com)

The brother of a woman found shot to death inside her home has been charged with her death, and shooting two others including his nephew.

43-year-old Clifford Stutson was found Tuesday by Birmingham Police asleep at the wheel. An officer on the scene said a gun was visible inside the car. He is charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder. He was transferred Wednesday morning from the Birmingham City Jail to the Jefferson County Jail.

Stutson was initially arrested on previous, unrelated warrants. Police on scene said Stutson fell back asleep after being arrested.

Investigators later realized the car matched the description of the car linked to the triple shooting which claimed his sister's life.

"When our officers got him the dispatch connected the dots and realized who we had and that's when everything came together," said a Birmingham Police Officer at the scene of the arrest.

Dakisha Stutson was found dead early Tuesday morning outside her north Birmingham apartment. Police have not identified the two men who were also shot but Carver High School football coach Rod Carson identified one of them as Dakisha Stutson's son, Travon Stuton. The coach said the teenager was recovering from his injuries and expected to be released from the hospital soon.

The 18-year-old is a rising star on the high school football team with multiple college offers according to his coach. Carson told ABC 33/40 News on Tuesday he had just spoken to his player's mother a few days before. He went to the scene after he heard about the shooting.

"It's kind of hard seeing a child you've been around for four years and took care of, you see him, he's at your house a lot and it's different when you see that other end so I didn't really talk to him. I'm going to go back tonight and sit with him. I'll probably have some words then," said Carson.

Carver held a team meeting Tuesday afternoon to inform the players about the shooting.

"The big man on campus usually is the leader and kids follow him a lot because he is the big dog on campus and with those kid's following him. A lot of them are taking it hard," Carson said.

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