Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Search For The Murderer Of Three Auburn Students Is Still Under way

PHOTO: Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson holds up a photo of Desmonte Leonard, 22, of Montgomery, Ala., the suspect wanted for fatally shooting three people, including two former Auburn University football players, and wounding another three people during
Auburn Police Cheif  holds a photo of Desmonte Leonard 

Breaking news from Fox 6 has just gone underway. Auburn's police cheif has just held a new conference announcing  that the reward for Desmonte Leonard has increased to $30,000. Yesterday, authorities were tipped off and  that Desmonte Leonard was in a house in Montgomery; shortly afterwards police raided the home and was unsuccessful in capturing him. Desmonte Leonard is still at large after three days of extensive search. 

According to CBS,

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The search for a man charged with fatally shooting three people and wounding three more at a party near Auburn University focused on Alabama's capital Monday as police said they had arrested two men accused of hindering the search.

Desmonte Leonard's last address was at a residence in Montgomery, and authorities said they believe he returned to the city after gunfire erupted late Saturday in Auburn, about 50 miles away. Two former Auburn football players were among the dead and a third was injured.

More than three dozen local police, state agents and federal marshals were searching for Leonard, 22, who records show faced two previous charges involving guns.

"We don't have reason to believe he is outside the city," said Sgt. Regina Duckett, a spokeswoman for theMontgomery Police Department.

Auburn police said Jeremy S. Thomas, 18, of Montgomery was charged with hindering prosecution after allegedly fleeing the scene of the shooting with Leonard. Records show Thomas was free on bond at the time of the Auburn shootings while awaiting a manslaughter trial set to begin June 18 in last year's shooting death of Takiara Sada Gaston, 14.

Montgomery police said Gabriel Thomas, 41, was also charged with hindering prosecution after allegedly having contact with Leonard after the shooting and providing false information to officers.

Police said it wasn't known whether Jeremy Thomas and Gabriel Thomas are related. Officers also were looking for a third man described as a person of interest in the case, but it wasn't clear why. 

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