WILCOX COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Wilcox County Sheriff’s office is investigating what the sheriff is calling “a bizarre murder” of a 20-year-old man.
According to Sheriff Ernest Evans, on Friday at around 4 p.m. deputies were called to Highway 162 near the nine-mile marker, about 10 miles outside of Camden, on what was believed to be a fatal motorcycle crash. When ALEA investigators arrived on the scene, they found Pine Hill resident John Fletcher, known to friends as “Tim,” with a fatal gunshot wound, reportedly to the back.
Evans said two people have now been charged with his murder. Evans identified the suspects as 18-year-old Maurice Powell and 17-year-old Marlon Mendenhall, both from the Pine Hill area. They have been charged with capital murder and are in the Wilcox County jail. Evans said another arrest may be forthcoming.
According to court documents, Mendenhall was charged with assault earlier in June, and he was out on bond at the time of the murder.
The mother of the victim spoke with WSFA 12 News by phone Monday. She said her son loved everyone and worked in Auburn as a heavy equipment operator.
“He had friends from every walk of life. He lived life to the fullest doing things to make people laugh. He wanted people to be happy, so we think he was taking a little scenic ride on the way to a friend’s house,” said Cynthia Fletcher.
Cynthia Fletcher said she has no reason to believe her son even knew the suspects. She said her son had just recovered from a motorcycle accident and had climbed on the bike for the first time since when he was shot and killed Friday afternoon.
This is Wilcox County’s second homicide in 2019. Evans said the suspects in custody are not being cooperative; a motive in the shooting is not yet clear.