UPDATE: Man Charged With Murder of 73-year-old Richard Kier

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Sgt. Chad Brooks says a 73-year-old man was fatally shot on Colemont Lane Friday afternoon.

Sheriff’s investigators confirmed at a press conference they have charged Erskin Hughes, 64, with the murder of Richard Kier, 73.

Bond for Hughes has been set at $250,000. Investigators are trying to determine how the two men knew each other.

Brooks says Kier was shot in the yard of a residence. He said the call came in at 2:49 p.m Friday.

Law enforcement agencies had an all-points-bulletin out for black 2003-2004 Land Rover Discovery with dark tinted widows, and normal rims earlier Friday, according to Brooks.

Investigators searched the woods near the residence for something they believed the suspect threw in that area. They are processing a gun found in a dumpster near the scene to determine if it is related to this crime.

Madison County deputies, Alabama A&M Police, and HEMSI were on the scene. A&M officers had Colemont Lane blocked off.


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