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Two arrested in Wetumpka's second teen murder in week

Darnell Jackson was shot and killed near his home. Darnell Jackson was shot and killed near his home.
Eric Padmore, age 18 (Source: Elmore Co. Sheriff's office) Eric Padmore, age 18 (Source: Elmore Co. Sheriff's office)
Tireck Cameron, age 17 (Source: Elmore Co. Sheriff's office) Tireck Cameron, age 17 (Source: Elmore Co. Sheriff's office)

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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Wetumpka teen; the second teen homicide in Wetumpka in a week.

Sheriff Bill Franklin says the case is in its early stages, but there was enough information to arrest and charge 18-year-old Eric Padmore with the shooting death of Darnell Jackson, also 18. Franklin said after officers interviewed Padmore he confessed to the shooting.

A second suspect, 17-year-old Tireck Cameron, is also under arrested, accused of being an accomplice to the murder.

Authorities say Jackson was shot twice in the side around 8:30pm Sunday on Copeland Road.

Investigators believed at first the case might have been connected to the stabbing death of Darnell Young, Jr. earlier in the week. Padmore and Jackson were seen arguing at Young's funeral just hours before Sunday's homicide.

As the investigation progressed, authorities stepped back from their belief the two cases where tied, however. The motive is now believed to be jealousy over a girl both men liked.

Sheriff Franklin said after dropping off Cameron at his home, Palmore led deputies on an hour long chase, even resisting arrest. Franklin said the most troubling part was that after arresting Palmore, he did not even appear to realize he'd killed a man.

The investigations into both teen murder cases, though now apparently unrelated, are ongoing. An unidentified 16-year-old is already charged in Young's murder. Officials are still trying to determine whether or not to charge that suspect as an adult.

As for the murder of Darnell Jackson, there are other victims. He leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter whom his mother must now raise.

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