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Police: Man Arrested Who Gave False Information In Travers Murder

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Decatur Police say a man who gave them false information in a recent murder investigation is in custody.

Charles K. Makekau was arrested Monday in Birmingham, by Birmingham Police and U.S. Marshals.

"They attempted to take him into custody. There was a brief foot pursuit involving our detectives and the marshals," said Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur Police Department. "They were able to take him into custody and he's since been booked into the Decatur City Jail."

Makekau is charged with perjury.  Decatur Police say Makekau gave them false and misleading information in the June 18 murder of James Travers.  Travers' body was found in the middle of the northbound lanes of Highway 31.

Travers died from a single gunshot wound.  Police say Travers' girlfriend explained two men had forced their way into the home and Travers had fled.  The girlfriend said she heard gunshots outside and saw two men running away.

Police say Makekau intentionally tried to mislead their investigation.  They're not saying whether Makekau is talking with them now.  He has a prior arrest record.

Police have not charged anyone in Travers' murder yet. They have not publicly identified the two men they are looking for. Police ask anyone who has information about this case to call (256) 341-4600.

Unrelated to the murder investigation, a person WHNT News 19 interviewed about Travers' death was also arrested Monday.  Caleb Dozier, 21, is charged with two counts of selling marijuana to an undercover police officer.

Filed in: Decatur

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