Madison Police say two murders related to prescription drug thefts; person charged

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - The Madison Police Department says three men came to the city on Wednesday from Athens with a plan to steal prescription drugs. Two are now dead and the third is charged with murder.

Police say they can't release all the details, but said Kelvin Omar Harris is charged with the murder of Kenneth Turner.  Turner is the man found shot to death Thursday on Wynn Drive, near Oakwood University.

The third man, Arun Noble, was found shot to death Wednesday morning at an apartment complex on Shelton Road in Madison.  Police are still sorting out who killed him.

Madison Police worked with Athens Police and the Limestone County Sheriff's Office to identify Harris and Turner as the two persons of interest in Noble's death on Wednesday.

Kelvin Harris (Photo: Huntsville/Madison County Jail)

Kelvin Harris (Photo: Huntsville/Madison County Jail)

They found Harris and arrested him on a separate warrant, and booked him in the Limestone County Jail.  Madison Police then questioned him as part of the homicide investigation.

This was before Kenneth Turner was found dead on Thursday evening, on Wynn Drive.

The Huntsville/Madison County STAC team found the vehicle police had been looking for, a 1997 white Acura, in a parking lot on Sparkman Drive.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation, and other charges may follow.

 

 

10 comments

  • John F.

    Wow. That’s a lot of drama and death just for prescription medications. I realize abuse of them is a large problem, but now am more aware of its diabolical reach. I myself take prescription pain medications for a disorder I have, and was recently a bit irritated by a new inconvenience (for me) arising out of even stiffer federal laws regarding the dispensing of prescribed narcotics. The drug I’m being treated with was raised to the highest “schedule” of drugs under federal law, so now I have to do a few things differently to get my prescription filled and refilled. After reading this, I now feel my inconvenience is NOTHING compared to how this epidemic of abuse is affecting society.

    I believe stronger laws do help some, but I think that EDUCATION and better funding of Rehabilitation Services are the real answers. A prison sentence due to simple addiction and use (& purchase) helps no one. The money to incarcerate is wasted, and they are simply dumped back in society doomed to re-offend. Deterrence based on threat of incarceration simply does not apply to addicts. The original illegal use of a drug is of course an act of choice and not a disease. But at a certain point, physiologically, the use and resultant addiction DOES become a disease, and should be treated as such. Addiction can affect any of us or our family members. Often it starts out by using drugs legally after an incident that causes extreme pain, with the end result being unintended addiction in the process of managing terrible pain. Simply being an addict does not warrant “punishment.” It means the person is sick, and needs treatment. That is where our tax dollars should be going.

      • John F.

        I certainly did not mean to imply that any addict involved in murder should not be held accountable for that — that rises to the level of putting them away because they’re a danger to society. I was only talking about addicts in general who are in prison for small crimes like possession, etc. It’s not a way to solve anything and a waste of money. I can see why you would think, though, that I was arguing for some kind of leniency in this particular case. I am NOT. If a person chooses to abuse drugs or is an addict, they’re basically only harming themselves, and that’s one issue. Murder is altogether different.

    • Michael

      I agree with all except for stronger laws helping. I don’t think prohibition has ever worked and that this war on drugs is a complete failure. We need to start dumping our resources into education and rehabilitation. The addicts with the real problems are too afraid to ask for the help they need.

      These murders over drugs are usually have to do with the transaction, not because some psycho really was desperate to get his fix. It’s easy to blame the drugs though.

  • Jomama

    There’s a new campaign underway, called “Hug-A-Thug”. that’s what they need. Can’t we all just git along! Hug-A-Thug today!!

  • Ww05

    Pam you are exactly right!!!!!!! People need to get a job and work for what they want, beside that get control of your life and quit depending on a drug for a little feel good feeling

  • BIG BEN

    Take the Jack in a Box Doctors that prescribe all the prescription Medicines illegally for an extra fee!! Can’t just blame the individuals , Jack in the box DOCTORS is putting all the illegal drugs in the atmosphere!!

    • LAC

      You can’t just blame the person? I dont understand why you can’t blame the people responsible? If a doctor is writing bad prescriptions, fine, that is illegal and there is a law for that but you can’t have government restricting doctors authority to prescribe medicines more than it already is. In your example, who would be worthy of making decision to prescribe, a government official? Many of the pills involved in things like this are obtained through burglary, not prescribed to the individual. We deal with government regulation of this stuff all the time and its not effective. It is easier to purchase meth than it is Sudafed because of government regulation.

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