Madison Police identify victim of Sonic Drive-In shooting as James Clemens HS senior

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MADISON, Ala. -- Madison police responded to a shooting at the Sonic restaurant on County Line Road in Madison Monday at 3:04 p.m.

Police held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to release the name of the victim and the men charged with his murder.

According to Madison police, this was the first homicide in the city this year.  Captain Terrell cook stated that these types of crimes are isolated incidents.

"We pride ourselves on having a very low crime rate here in the city of Madison and um we work hard to try to keep it that way," said Terrell.

WHNT News 19 streamed the conference live on Facebook.

According to police, a victim on the scene had been shot once in the parking lot and was transported to Huntsville Hospital.

Police said that witness reports indicated a possible suspect fled the scene in a vehicle.

It was later determined that the victim succumbed to his injuries at Huntsville Hospital. Police identified the victim as 18-year-old Jason Ender West, of Madison.

Jason West (family photo)

Jason West (family photo)

"This was a senseless, brutal crime. Jason was our firstborn, our baby, our heart.  He had just graduated and was headed  to college to begin the rest of his life. That has been taken away from him, and from us.  We are grateful to the Madison Police for their diligence and speed in catching the individuals who murdered our son in cold blood.  We are heartbroken, and ask for privacy as we begin to pick up the shattered pieces of our lives." said Jason's parents Kenneth West and Maureen Mack-West in a statement.

Jason West (family photo)

Jason West (family photo)

"Jason West was a senior at James Clemens High School. He completed his coursework and was a mid-year graduate. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Counselors will be on hand when staff and students return from winter break," said James Clemens High School Director of Student Services, Dennis James.

 

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Trevor Davis Cantrell (Photo: Madison Police Department)

Detectives said that  they were able to locate a vehicle matching the description given by witnesses, and further investigation led to two men being taken into custody.

Madison Police have charged 22-year-old Dacedric Deshun Ward of Huntsville and 19-year-old Trevor Davis Cantrell of Huntsville with capital murder and 1st degree robbery. The men were arrested and taken into custody without incident.

Dacedric Deshun Ward (Photo: Madison Police Department)

Dacedric Deshun Ward (Photo: Madison Police Department)

Police said they discovered during the investigation that the victim was shot during a robbery possibly involving an illegal narcotics transaction.

Cantrell does not have a criminal history documented by the state court system, though any juvenile records would not be publicly available. He's only 19.

Ward, 22, has a number of documented run-ins with the law. Since turning 18, Ward has been arrested a number of times, including for marijuana possession. He's also been indicted on four different charges of theft and burglary.

Police said that both men were taken into custody and are at the Limestone County Jail.