Man Charged in Jan. 1 Murder of Mercedes Morris

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Lopez Marittia Rice (Photo: Huntsville Police Dept.)

Lopez Marittia Rice (Photo: Huntsville Police Dept.)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville man has been charged in a murder that happened January 1 on Bridge Road.

Police say Lopez Marittia Rice, 24, is charged with murder, two counts of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle and one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling.  He was arrested in connection with the shooting death of Mercedes Morris.

Mercedes Morris

Mercedes Morris

Police found Morris, 21, shot and sitting in the passenger seat of a car at a gas station on Sparkman Drive on New Year’s Day. She was rushed to Huntsville Hospital but died there.

The Huntsville Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit worked this case along with the U.S. Marshals Task Force.

Rice is being held in the Madison County Metro Jail without bond.

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