Family alleges wrongdoing in case

Published 11:04 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The family of the W.S. Neal Middle School student who died after being struck by a car last month is alleging wrongdoing by the East Brewton Police Department.

Devon Spencer, 12, and a friend were walking to school just before 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 11 when he was struck by a car. He later died from his injuries.

The driver of the car, a minor, has not been publicly identified. To date, no charges have been filed as District Attorney Steve Billy said previously the case will be presented in the next Escambia County grand jury cycle.

Spencer’s family alleges the driver fled the scene after striking the boy and that police have not interviewed any eyewitnesses to the accident.

Jennifer Spencer, the boy’s aunt, told The Brewton Standard that police have not been forthcoming or proactive in their investigation.

“We are outraged at how the case is being handled and feel an independent investigation should be conducted,” Spencer said. “The truth is the East Brewton Police Department has intentionally botched up the investigation of my nephew’s death. We haven’t gotten any update after tons of inquires. Even after we’ve asked, we still haven’t gotten a report or had anyone speak with us.”

The family has taken to social media asking others to join them in their quest to obtain an independent investigation and to lodge complaints with the state attorney general’s office.

As of Tuesday morning, a spokesman with the AG’s office said she couldn’t comment on whether or not any complaints against the EBPD had been filed.

The Spencer family has retained an attorney, Spencer said.