Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Suspect in shooting deaths of two former Auburn players surrenders to police.

Desmonte Leonard, the prime suspect in the shooting deaths of three men, including former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips, has turned himself in to police custody.

"A Montgomery defense attorney said she arranged for Desmonte Leonard to surrender after getting word that his family wanted her help. Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said the suspect was taken into custody at 7:57 p.m. by a U.S. Marshal at the federal courthouse in Montgomery.

His surrender was a low-key ending to a search that included the inch-by-inch scouring of the house by police armed with tear gas and spy gear. Hours after police conceded Leonard had evaded them at the house, Dawson said the suspect walked up the courthouse steps and surrendered peacefully to the marshal waiting just inside.

''It's been a trying case for all law enforcement involved,'' Dawson said at a news conference.
Leonard, 22, is charged with three counts of capital murder in a shooting Saturday night after a fight over a woman. He is accused of wounding three others. The dead included two former Auburn football players, and a current player was among the injured."

Leonard's first court date in  Opelika, Al. will be either on Wednesday or Thursday. 

(via AP on Yahoo! Sports)

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