Albertville Police: Juvenile in custody in relation to Jason Richards case

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Jason Richards

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville Police say another person is in custody in relation to the Jason Richards case.

Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says the juvenile associated with the Jason Richards case surrendered himself to detectives late Wednesday afternoon.

We understand he is being detained at the Coosa Valley Detention Center.

Assistant Chief Smith says he will remain in custody until an adjudication hearing to determine if he will be charged as an adult. It is not clear when that will happen.

Because he is a juvenile, his information and details in the case are not released.

Earlier this week Albertville Police announced its first arrest in the case. Ryan Anthony Fitch from the Douglas area was arrested and booked into the Marshall County Jail.

Fitch is charged with abuse of a corpse, a felony, and criminally negligent homicide and tampering with physical evidence, both misdemeanors.

He was friends with Jason.

We understand the juvenile could face similar charges. The charges stem from the acts by Fitch and his accomplice during the moments immediately following the shooting and not the act in and of itself.

Detectives found Jason Richards’ body on Monday in the Langston community in May, working on a tip.

Earlier this week police released new details on the case.

Police said the gunshot that killed Richards was not an intentional act.  During the investigation, police say they discovered Richards died of a single gunshot wound to the head, which occurred at a home on Miller Street in Albertville on the night of his initial disappearance, Feb. 8.

“The investigation uncovered that the gunshot was not an intentional act, but an unintentional discharge of a .25 caliber handgun by Fitch, that caused the death of Richards,” Chief Doug Pollard said, “They were actually in there with a gun, a loaded gun, handing it around and it went off.”

Police say after Richards was shot, Fitch and the juvenile panicked.  They didn’t call for help, but instead took Richards’ body and dumped him near Langston, on Lois Lane.

Richards was reported as a missing person on February 8, 2015.