Decatur police identify deceased; make an arrest in murder case

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Bernard Driskell (Photo: Decatur Police Department)

DECATUR, Ala. – The Decatur Police Department has made an arrest in connection to a death investigation.

Police say that around 1:30 Thursday afternoon, officers responded to a report of a dead body outside of a home in the 300 block of 7th Ave NW.

Upon arrival, police say they discovered a deceased black man in the backyard of the residence.

The deceased was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensics Lab in Huntsville for autopsy on Friday where he was positively identified as Kendrick Lamar Fuqua.

Authorities say that during the autopsy it was determined that Fuqua had been shot multiple times and was the victim of a homicide.

Investigators developed Bernard Driskell as a suspect in Fuqua’s murder and he was located at a restaurant and taken into custody.

Driskell is charged with one count of Murder.

Authorities say that due to Driskell’s extensive criminal history and recent threats to other members of the community, he is being held without bond.