Faulkner Students Face Murder Charges in Connection to Deadly Home Invasion

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MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department has arrested three teenagers in connection with the Dec. 3, 2014, shooting death of 19-year-old Ryan Brooks of Chelsea. MPD detectives charged Marshall Wall, 19, and Ronnie Williams 19, both of Loxley and Tabias Russell, 19, of Alexander City with one count each of murder. They were taken into custody Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Following their arrests, they were transported to the Montgomery County Detention Facility, where each was being held under $75,000 bond. At about 7:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, Montgomery Police and Fire Medics responded to the 5900 block of Woodmere Boulevard on a call of a subject shot. There, they located Brooks, who had sustained a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to MPD, Brooks and three other subjects attempted to enter a residence to commit a robbery. In the course of the robbery attempt, Brooks was shot by the homeowner in self-defense and died at the scene. MPD’s investigation subsequently developed information that identified Wall, Williams and Russell as the three suspects who participated in the attempted robbery with Brooks. Because Brooks was killed during the commission of a robbery attempt in which Wall, Williams and Russell are the suspects, all three were charged with murder. No additional information is available for release at this time. The investigation is continuing. Faulkner University President Billy Hilyer said in a statement that Brooks was a freshman junior varsity football player at the school. Brooks was from Chelsea and attended Coosa Valley Academy.

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