Suspect in Auburn Shootings may Return to Crime Scene

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Desmonte Leonard

LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The attorney for accused Auburn shooter Desmonte Leonard wants a judge to let Leonard return to the scene of the crime.

In a request filed late Monday afternoon, Leonard’s attorney, Susan James, says it is necessary for Leonard to visit the crime scene because the case is complicated.

“Defendant’s attorneys need to take pictures, take measurements, or otherwise properly investigate the scene of the alleged crime with defendant’s assistance. The State has, through its agents, viewed the crime scene firsthand with all the evidence intact, taken pictures, measurements, and otherwise conducted any and all tests they have deemed appropriate under the circumstances,” James wrote in the request.

Leonard is charged with three counts of capital murder after six people were shot outside an apartment complex in early June, about a mile from the Auburn University campus.  Three of the shooting victims died.  Two were former Auburn University football players.

“To deny Defendant the right to travel with his attorneys to view the scene of the crime would amount to a denial of due process of law and effective assistance of
counsel as guaranteed by the United States and Alabama Constitutions,” said James.

If a judge approves the request, Leonard would be taken to the crime scene and then returned to the Montgomery County Jail.