The man accused of killing three people at a party near Auburn University turned himself in Tuesday after a three-day manhunt that included a search of a Montgomery home by police tactical units.
According to the Huffington Post, defense attorney, Susan James said she arranged for Desmonte Leonard, 22, to surrender after getting word that his family wanted her help.
Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said a U.S. Marshal at the federal courthouse in Montgomery took the suspect into custody at 7:57 p.m.
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 authorities.
Leonard 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.
Three men will never be able to enjoy another breath, and a fourth will never see the light of day again over something as trivial as feelings for a female. His father failed him, and he should be ashamed of what he has done to his family and the family of the victims. These senseless killings have got to stop if we ever want to see progress in our communities. We pray for all of the victims of this heinous crime.