Updates given on 3 Lowndes County homicides

Lowndes County law enforcement updates public on 3 homicides

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Lowndes County law enforcement gathered Tuesday morning to provide updates to the public on three active homicide investigations, one of which involves a suspect who only recently completed a decades-long prison sentence for another homicide.

Investigator Jeremy Marvin with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office said the cases involve unrelated homicides on Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and one on Sunday. Arrests have been made in two of the cases while details on the third case remain more limited.

The latest homicide happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday off Golson Road in Fort Deposit, Marvin said. The suspect, 63-year-old Frank James Henderson, is accused of shooting to death 51-year-old Jackie Henderson in a domestic situation.

Marvin said despite having the same last name, the two were not married, though they were in a physical relationship. The investigator said Frank Henderson was released from prison nine months ago after having completed a 25-year prison sentence for a 1996 Crenshaw County homicide.

The two knew each other before the prison sentence began but only started a relationship following his release, Marvin added.

Henderson is being held at the Lowndes County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

The next homicide investigation involves a Feb. 7 incident at the BP gas station at the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 80 in Lowndesboro.

Marvin said the suspect and victim had both been drinking alcohol when they got into a verbal altercation that spilled into violence in the parking lot.

The victim’s name was not immediately clear but he was said to be a Hayneville resident.

Marvin said the suspect, Cory Allen Cowart, 34, has been arrested and charged with murder. He he had prior arrests on drug charges but never for anything violent, the investigator added. Cowart is being held at the county jail on a $250,000 bond.

During the investigation, the suspect’s father, Terry Allen Cowart, was also determined to be a person of interest. Marvin said the father is believed to be hiding in the Covington County area where he’s had several previous addresses.

The last homicide investigation involves the fewest details, as an arrest hasn’t been made. That fatal shooting happened in the late evening hours of Jan. 18. in front of Carnes Park on Highway 80 in White Hall.

Marvin said the victim, 23-year-old Marquez Holcomb, was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

The investigation is ongoing and several leads are being followed up on, but Marvin said no concrete motive has been determined.

Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to call investigators at 334-548-2323.

Copyright 2021 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.