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A College Football Player Wanted to Buy $90 Headphones. Instead, He Shot and Killed a Coed.

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Source: Birmingham police; MEGA

Jun. 21 2024, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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A former college player met a woman and her boyfriend to buy a $90 pair of headphones. It ended with the coed dead and the athlete heading to prison for life.

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A judge in Alabama sentenced Carlos Londarrius Stephens to life in prison without parole, according to WBRC. He was previously convicted of capital murder for the 2020 killing of 20-year-old Destiny Washington.

The shooting happened over a pair of headphones, WBRC reported.

Washington was shot and killed around 9:40 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2020, according to The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the University of Alabama-Birmingham student center.

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Stephens was meeting Washington and her boyfriend after they agreed to sell a $90 pair of AirPods to Stephens’ girlfriend, according to

However, the deal went south over accusations of counterfeit money and fake headphones, according to

Stephens contended the shooting was in self-defense after Washington’s boyfriend pulled a gun first, the report noted. The jury didn’t believe those claims and convicted him of murder.

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Stephens was a football player at the school and surrendered to police two days later, according to

Washington’s parents spoke during the sentencing hearing and addressed the athlete-turned killer, reported.

“Destiny did not get a choice on Dec. 17, 2020. The choice that you made on that night to discharge a gun toward her vehicle comes with consequences,’’ Tora Washington said, according to the newsgroup.

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She added, “It may not be a consequence that you think is fair, but your parents will get a chance to hear your voice, see your face, and hug you. I will never get to do those things again with Destiny on this earth.”

The mom said her daughter was set to graduate in 2021 with a degree in nursing. She said they were angry because they wanted Destiny around and she was trying to forgive her daughter’s killer.

“I wish this heartache, pain and experience on no other parent,’’ she said, according to “This is a tough battle.”


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