The father of a convicted sex offender who was killed in a shooting in Cullman County says his son did not deserve to be shot.
"The next thing I heard were three shots and my wife hollering, 'No, no, no'," said Ralph Brooks, recalling the events of Sunday night.
Ralph Brooks says at that moment he went out to his front porch. He then found his son, 59-year-old Raymond Brooks, dead on the ground next to the house.
Cullman County Sheriff's detectives say 41-year-old Jay Maynor is the one who went to the home and shot and killed Raymond Brooks.
"No, my son didn't deserve it," Ralph Brooks said.
Ralph Brooks says he is not sure why Maynor targeted his son, but he suspects it may be connected to his son's child molestation conviction. In 2002, Raymond Brooks pleaded guilty to molesting a child and had to register as a sex offender. The child he was accused of molesting is related to both Raymond Brooks and Jay Maynor.
"Raymond went to prison and served 27 months with no problems," Ralph Brooks said.
Ralph Brooks says his son turned his life around since the conviction. He says he lived a godly life and was active in his church. Brooks says because the conviction happened so long ago, he's not sure if this was some form of revenge.
"It would be unbelievable to hold animosity in your heart for 12 years," said Brooks.
Cullman County Chief Deputy Max Bartlett says detectives have not determined an exact motive. He says all the facts have not yet been presented to the District Attorney.
"It's pretty bizarre he'd wait that long if that in fact it is what it was, in retaliation for the sexual assault. We don't know that for 100 percent sure. It's tragic for them, too. Regardless of what their son did, they still love their son I'm sure," said Bartlett.
"The judicial system has a job to do. I'm leaving it up to the courts and my Master. That's all I got to say," said Ralph Brooks.
Chief Deputy Bartlett says Maynor is also charged with attempted murder. Maynor is accused of shooting at his step-daughter's boyfriend at a gas station, moments before going to Brooks' home and allegedly shooting and killing him.
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