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2 charged with capital murder in 2019 death of Montgomery teen

Updated: Dec. 2, 2020 at 9:58 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Two people are facing capital murder charges in the 2019 death of a Montgomery teen, court records show.

According to an arrest affidavit, Lavonte Frazier, 23, and Ashley Elizabeth Williams, 22, are each charged with capital murder in the death of 16-year-old Jaylen Saunders.

Williams and Frazier have been charged with capital murder.
Williams and Frazier have been charged with capital murder.((Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility))
Williams and Frazier have been charged with capital murder.
Williams and Frazier have been charged with capital murder.((Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility))

The fatal shooting happened on Jan. 24, 2019, at a home in the 1100 block of Hill Street. Officers were called to the home after a report that it had been fired into. When officers arrived, they found Saunders inside the home with a fatal gunshot wound.

The arrest affidavit indicates Frazier and Williams fired the gunshots into Saunders’ home.

According to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Saunders was shot while he slept.

Montgomery police previously said it was believed the rounds fired into the home were specifically targeting Saunders’ residence.

“It is particularly devastating when we lose one of our youth to a senseless act of violence. It robs them of the opportunity to realize their dreams and for their families to celebrate who they would become,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey. “I am very proud of the work of the investigators in the Cold Case Unit and thankful for the Montgomery County Commission for supporting this important endeavor.”

Bailey went on to say Saunders’ loved ones will now be able to seek justice.

Saunders’ loss left a staggering mark across the city, from his classmates at Carver where he was enrolled as a freshman to his former administrators at Valiant Cross Academy.

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