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Arrest made in murder of star Selma athlete

Published: Jul. 3, 2017 at 6:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM CDT
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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - The Selma Police Department has arrested a suspect for capital murder in the death of a 17-year-old in a drive-by shooting Monday morning.

Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier said sixteen-year-old Markell Collins has been charged with capital murder in the death of Christopher Devon Lee III, local star basketball player. Lee was shot to death in a drive-by shooting Monday morning between 11 a.m. and noon on the 1500 block of Washington Street.

Collier said investigators believe the drive-by shooting was an act of retaliation for a shooting that occurred earlier Monday morning on the 2700 block of Matthew Lane.

The fatal shooting happened Monday behind Payne Elementary School. According to Lt. Tory Neely, officers were called to the 1500 block of Washington Street around noon. There, they found Lee's body. He'd been shot to death.

Lt. Neely said Monday afternoon that investigators were busy working the crime scene and simultaneously conducting interviews at police headquarters.

"We have received the names of possible suspects and we're following up on everything right now," Neely said. "We have a lot of moving parts and a lot going on, but we anticipate a quick conclusion and resolution to this case."

Lee was a student and star basketball player for Ellwood Christian Academy in Selma.

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