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An arrest has been made in the shooting death of Jakell Mitchell. News Leader 9’s Elizabeth White reports that 22-year-old Markale Hart, of Camp Hill, has been arrested and charged with murder.
APD’s immediate investigation into Mitchell’s shooting death led to Hart being named as a suspect. Auburn detectives traveled to Dadeville, AL and with the assistance of the Tallapoosa County Sheriff Department and Jackson Gap Police, were able to locate Hart and take him into custody. The case remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Division and the State Medical Examiner’s Office. No additional arrests are anticipated.
Hart is currently being held at the Lee County Jail on a $150,000 bond. This isn’t Hart’s first run-in with law enforcement. The murder suspect has several prior charges on his record, including first-degree burglary, first-degree theft of property and various drug charges.
Mitchell, an Auburn University redshirt freshman football player was shot and killed shortly after midnight on Sunday at an apartment complex where a previous shooting took place just two years ago.[…]
An Auburn sophomore who lives in a residence near Tiger Lodge told the Associated Press that at the time gunshots were heard, two parties were happening at the apartment complex.
Mitchell was a football player at Auburn University, committed to play in 2013 after graduating from Opelika High School. He redshirted this last football season and was set to contend for starting spots at H-back and tight end.
Mitchell’s death is being treated as a homicide and his body has been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences medical examiner in Montgomery, AL for postmortem examination. […]
The shooting happened at the same apartment complex where Desmonte Leonard shot and killed three men, among them Auburn University football players, and injured three more people during a 2012 mass shooting at a pool party.