2 charged with capital murder after body found in Montgomery

Wesley Speaks Jr. is charged with capital murder.
Wesley Speaks Jr. is charged with capital murder.(Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)
Published: Jan. 31, 2023 at 10:27 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2023 at 3:05 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery police say a body found in the 3000 block of Simmons Drive Tuesday morning prompted a homicide investigation.

Police identified the victim as Eric Stewart, 54, of Montgomery.

Maj. Saba Coleman said two suspects were taken into custody within hours of learning about the crime. Zackell Grove, 16, and Wesley Speaks Jr., 26, are charged with capital murder. They were booked into the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

Grove’s mug shot and court filing were not available due to his age, but Speaks’ affidavit shed more light on what happened. According to the filing, Speaks fatally shot Stewart during a robbery. Stewart was in a vehicle at the time.

The affidavit states it happened around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. This is about the same time Coleman said officers were called to Simmons Drive.

Grove’s alleged role was not in Speaks’ filing.

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