Woman charged with murder in fatal shooting of college student in Alabama woods

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A woman who police say killed a 22-year-old man after allegedly posing as a stranded motorist in an Alabama forest has been charged with murder, robbery and kidnapping, according to online police records released Thursday.

Yasmine Hider, 20, was allegedly posing as a stranded motorist in the Talladega National Forest in eastern Alabama on August 14 when Adam Simjee, 22, and his girlfriend, Mikayla Paulus, 20, they decided to stop to help, police said in a statement. Aug. 15 statement, according to The Associated Press. The sheriff’s office statement has since been removed.

Hider pulled out a gun and forced the pair into the woods and attempted to rob them, according to AP. A shootout ensued between Simjee, who police said also had a gun, and Hider, leaving Simjee dead and Hider wounded, the AP reported.

Hider was airlifted to a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, and underwent multiple surgeries, the AP reported. Hider was booked into the Clay County Jail Wednesday and charged with murder, robbery and kidnapping, according to online records from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Simjee and Paulus were going to start studying together at the University of Central Florida in a few weeks, Paulus told ABC affiliate WBMA in Birmingham.

Paulus told the station that the couple decided to stop to help Hider and spent an hour trying to start their car. After the vehicle failed to start, despite multiple attempts to fix it, Paulus told WBMA that Hider pulled out a gun and accompanied the couple into the woods.

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Paulus said Hider demanded that the two put down their cell phones and tell him their bank passwords. However, Simjee also had a gun on him, he said.

“Adam pulled out his gun and told her to get on the ground and that’s when she started playing with her gun. It jammed once but they both shot each other and she got shot several times and he only got shot once.” time”. Paulus told WBMA.

Paulus was able to find his phone and call 911 despite poor cell service in the area, he told WBMA. He then began performing CPR on Simjee, until authorities arrived at the scene, he said.

He said Simjee never regained consciousness and died at the scene.

Paulus had told police that he saw a second woman in the woods during the incident, the AP reported.

About a half-mile from where the shooting occurred, authorities found a camp where they believe Hider and a second woman, Krystal Diane Pinkins, had been living with Pinkins’ young son, according to AP.

“As officers were ordering the woman to the ground, a 5-year-old boy ran out of the woods with a loaded shotgun,” police said, according to AP. The boy eventually put down the gun, the AP said.

Pinkins was booked into the Clay County jail on Aug. 15 and charged with endangering the welfare of a child along with charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery, online police records show.

Attorney information for Pinkins and Hider was not immediately available.

Clay County District Court Judge David Law issued a gag order on August 17 to prevent both police and defense attorneys from commenting on the case.

His order also directed Clay County Sheriff Jim Studdard to remove any statements his office has previously made about the case on social media.