MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Detectives with the Montgomery Police Department announced they made yet a fourth arrest in connection with a shooting death at the Red Roof Inn on Carmichael Road. Now it appears the victim may not have been completely innocent.
Police say it turns out the victim was not a car broker in Montgomery on business but instead here to run a scam.
Authorities now believe that the victim Stanley Liku, and another subject were involved in a scam called a"pigeon drop" where they stole money from the one of the suspects. This murder was retaliation for the theft of this money, according to a press release from Capt. Keith Barnett of MPD.
Officers arrested the second man they say was involved in the scam, Soulemanou Ali, 35, from Milton, Georgia, was arrested on June 15 in Milton, GA., and charged with Hindering Prosecution 1st Degree.
Ali has an Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer that has been issued for him and he is pending deportation, according to Barnett. Ali has been placed into the Fulton County Jail in Georgia awaiting extradiction to Montgomery.
Police have arrested four men in connection with the murder.
Retrabion Toles, 29, of 145 Beth Manor Drive, Prattville, was the alleged shooter in this investigation. Toles turned himself in to detectives and was charged with Capital Murder and placed into the Montgomery County Detention Facility under No Bond.
Ellis Caldwell, 22, of 688 County Road 13, Hayneville, was the first person arrested and charged with murder in connection with the killing. He is in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond.
Detectives arrested the third suspect in this case, Juan Baskin, 31, of 526 Eastdale Road South, and charged him with murder. He is also in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond.
Tyrice Jackson, 33, of 3803 Chatwood Drive, is the fourth person arrested and charged with murder. Jackson was placed into the Montgomery County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. Jackson is believed to have been involved with the co-defendants in the retaliation for the theft.
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