WSFA 12 News is following the latest developments on a murder out of Millbrook. Police aren't releasing many details at this hour, but they will say that a 23-year-old man has died. It happened atMore >>
MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - Prosecutors announced Friday they would seek the death penalty against one of the suspects charged in the August 2007 murder of a Millbrook man.
The announcment comes just one day after an Elmore County Grand Jury indicted 19-year-old Calvin McMillan of Opelika and 29-year-old RonDarrell Williams of Montgomery on two counts of Capital Murder in the shooting death of James Bryan Martin. The prosecution will persue the death penalty against McMillan, who is believed to be the triggerman.
Police say both suspects stalked their victim through the Millbrook Wal-Mart before making their move. Martin, 23, was returning to his truck when he was shot multiple times. He died in the store parking lot while the killers stole his truck and fled the scene.
Bradley Ekdahl with the Elmore County District Attorney's office says the charges are Capital Murder because of an aggravator, or two in this case. The first aggravator is 'robbery' since Mr. Martin's truck was stolen, and the second aggravator stems from the fact that Martin was shot while inside the vehicle - shooting into an occupied vehicle is a felony.
The day after Martin was gunned down police spotted his red, Ford F-150 pickup truck on the Eastern Boulevard and a high speed chase began. That chase ended in an apartment complex a short time later where the suspect escaped. A short time later, authorities named and arrested their two prime suspects.
Now, McMillan and Williams are waiting for an arraignment in Elmore County court. That will take place on August 19th.