Arrest Made in Missing Tuscumbia Man’s Death

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Jeremy Leshun Williams (Photo: Lauderdale Co. Detention Center)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – An arrest has been made in connection with a missing persons case that originated in Tuscumbia earlier this week.

In a Saturday morning media conference, Florence Police announced Jeremy Leshun Williams, 29, has been charged with the murder of Brioni Jamaal Rutland, 27.

According to Lt. Mike Holt, Williams was arrested early Saturday morning after an interview and search of his Hawthorne Street home.

Holt said evidence found outside of Williams’ home gave police enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the inside of the residence.

Holt would only say that investigators found a considerable amount of evidence that led to the arrest of Jeremy Williams.

“It’s very important to us to be able to at least give the family some comfort in knowing what happened to their loved one. To be able to give them some type of closure,” stated Holt. “It’s not a happy ending, but it’s an optimal outcome for us because we are able to at least tell them what happened to their loved on, that’s very important.”

Brioni Rutland was reported missing by family members on Wednesday after no one had heard from him since Tuesday afternoon.

Tuscumbia Police immediately sent out a notice to surrounding police and media asking for assistance in locating him.

Wednesday afternoon, personal items of Rutland were located in a drainage ditch in Florence by police.

On Thursday afternoon Sheffield Police were notified by a jogger of a blood stain on the walkway of the Old Railroad Bridge that spans the Tennessee River.

Investigators went to the scene and collected evidence until late that evening.

Later Thursday night, a caller reported finding Rutland’s 2003 Chevrolet Impala at an apartment complex in Sheffield.

The car was impounded by authorities and secured for investigators to use as evidence.

Friday morning, Sheffield and Tuscumbia Police gathered at the railroad bridge to begin efforts in diving in the Tennessee River, below were the pool of blood was located.

Shortly after lunch on Friday, Sheffield Police said the divers located the body of Brioni Rutland underneath the bridge.

During the multi-jurisdictional investigation, Florence investigators received information about Rutland being in contact with Jeremy Williams on Tuesday, just before he went missing.

Florence Police said the investigation is on-going, and Williams is being held on a $500,000 bail at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.


  • Bet yo

    I find it very interesting that this news
    Outlet considered it news worthy to
    Point out that the last person murdered
    In the shoals area was not honorably
    Discharged from the military yet they
    Seem to overlook that’s its common
    Knowledge and well known that this victim
    Is not only a former star athlete but also a
    Local bookie.

  • HisAngel

    Hisangel: The whole story has not come out yet. Rutland came to Williams house looking for a fight. Rutland being a well known bookie around the shoals area came to collect. Williams didn’t have the cash. An argument arose and Rutland tried to cut off Williams finger and choking him. If you could view the autopsy report you could see the stab wounds on Rutland came from and upward motion and not downward meaning he was I top of Williams. I dont believe anyone should have lost their life but I would like to know that if someone came to my home to harm me that I have the right to defend myself and my family.

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