Charges upgraded to capital murder in death of Opelika cab drive - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Charges upgraded to capital murder in death of Opelika cab driver

Marquavious Tirrell Howard and Martez Anthony Simmons (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Marquavious Tirrell Howard and Martez Anthony Simmons (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) -

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people in connection to a capital murder.

Deputies arrested Martez Anthony Simmons, 26, and Marquavious Tirrell Howard, 25, both of Opelika, after a Lee County grand jury returned indictments for capital murder. They were already incarcerated in the Lee County Detention Facility on charges relating to a murder robbery plot but have now been upgraded to Capital Murder.   

On Aug. 30 at about 10:35 p.m., the Columbus Police Department responded to a burning vehicle call on Old Cusseta Road in Columbus Georgia. The burning vehicle was a white 2005 Chrysler Town and County Mini-Van. It was unoccupied at the time it was found and belonged to Fast Service Cabs out of Opelika.  

At approximately 6:30 a.m. the next morning, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a motorist, who reported a body of a man on the side of the road near the intersection of Lee Road 401 and Lee Road 170 Salem. Upon arrival deputies found the victim, who'd suffered from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds to his head.

The victim was identified as William Lewis Foreman, 67, of Opelika.  He was also the owner of the taxi which had been discovered burning in Columbus, Ga.

The case was ruled a homicide.  Martez Anthony Simmons and Marquavious Tirrell Howard were both linked to this case and arrested. They were initially charged with murder, first degree robbery and first degree theft.

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