HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Police confirm a 28-year-old man is in custody and will be charged with Capital Murder for a fatal shooting that happened last Wednesday at the Brixworth at Bridge Street Apartments. Demorris Senyon Lauderdale was apprehended in Clayton County, GA by a US Marshal task force a week later, police say.
Investigators said he was walking out of a restaurant when he was stopped. Court records show past arrests in Madison County for marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon. He has not been indicted for these charges. The court records show he is a Madison County resident.
Lauderdale is being held in the Clayton County, Ga. Jail on Capital Murder and Fugitive from Justice charges. He will be extradited.
Huntsville police say Austin D'mar Rich, 19, of Huntsville was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds after the shooting was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The shooting happened just before 7:30 a.m. Police said during the investigation they found evidence of illegal narcotics and believe the shooting took place during a robbery.
Police said they were searching for a newer-model silver Nissan Altima that had a dealership tag and several people inside.
Austin Rich's family is searching for answers. "It's a hurt knowing someone took your child and don't know who did it," said his cousin Beverly Edwards.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting left Austin's cousin Nina Rich to wonder. "You have so many things running through your head at the time. What happened did he fall? What? Just what took place?"
While they wait for answers, they are remembering his life. "All I see when I close my eyes is him, just his smile," said Nina.
Nina says he had his whole life ahead of him. Austin and his girlfriend just recently moved into their apartment. "I'll never forget the post that when they moved into their new apartment," said Nina. "Where he put something in the words of 'We did it!'"
Austin's cousin Beverly said losing a loved one is painful, no matter what the circumstances are. "A mother is not supposed to bury their child."
Nina is begging young people to stop using violence to solve issues. "Just stop it. Put the guns down. Stop with the crime because, at the end of the day, you can shoot someone kill 'em, threaten 'em, hurt 'em, no matter what, you have to live with that for the rest of your life."
Both cousins say they are confident in Huntsville police investigators' abilities to find the suspects and solve this case.