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Suspect in fatal Southern Union campus shootings indicted

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An unidentified police officer takes Thomas May into custody April 6. An unidentified police officer takes Thomas May into custody April 6.
OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) -

The Auburn man accused of firing multiple rounds of ammunition into the minivan in which his estranged wife, daughter and other family members were sitting is now indicted on two counts of capital murder.

Thomas Franklin May III, 34, is accused of fatally firing on the van back on April 6 as it sat on the campus of Southern Union State Community College in Opelika.

A grand jury indicted May on two counts of capital murder and three counts of attempted murder.

NOTE: Because of death in the commission of an underlying felony, law allows for prosecutors to charge a person with an additional count of Capital Murder even if only one death has occured.

May is charged with capital murder in the shooting of 62-year-old Brenda Marshall Watson of Opelika.

May is also charged with the attempted murder of his estranged wife, 36-year-old Bethany May of Opelika, her grandmother, 93-year-old Maude Ethell Marshall of Opelika, and the couple's 4-year-old daughter.

A manhunt for May ended later in the evening of April 6 when we walked up to a WSFA 12 News reporter on the scene at SUSCC and said, "I'm the man you're looking for." Authorities were summoned and May was taken into custody. 

 May could face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder.

Copyright 2011 WSFA 12 News. The Associate Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.


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