Authorities name suspect in Ardmore man’s shooting death

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - The Limestone County Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon it has a suspect in an Ardmore man's shooting death.

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said Fred Sommerville, 47, is facing a capital murder charge for the death of Bruce Cosman, 74. Cosman was shot in his backyard on Highway 251 just after 7:30 p.m. July 18. Authorities arrested Sommerville in Pickens County Friday, Blakely said.

"We can put Fred Sommerville at our victim, Mr. Cosman's residence at the time of the murder," Blakely said. He would not go into detail about what evidence deputies had connecting Sommerville to the crime.

Blakely explained that Sommerville is charged with one count of capital murder in the deaths of two people. They believe he also killed his estranged wife LaKresha Sommerville, 39, who lived in Ardmore, Tennessee. Police found Sommerville's wife in the front of her vehicle where she has been dead for a few hours. Deputies did not go into detail about the timeline for that situation, and they did not explain where they believe she was killed.

Blakely said Sommerville and his wife had a difficult relationship, and her death appeared to be domestic related.

"She had filed some complaints of domestic violence. Also that he had been stalking her. According to the reports we have received so far, she was scared of him," he said. "Her mother had filed a missing person with a possible kidnapping from her ex husband Thursday night around midnight."

Jail records show Sommerville is still in Pickens County Jail on attempting to elude, first-degree theft of property, abuse of a corpse, and reckless endangerment charges. It is unknown when he will be brought back to the Limestone County Jail for court proceedings.

According to the Associated Press, Aliceville Police Chief Tonnie Jones tells the Tuscaloosa News that the driver had a dead body in a stolen car. He tells WVTM-TV that an officer fired at the car Friday but did not hit anyone. Jones told the newspaper that officers first tried to stop the Volkswagen Jetta just before noon on Alabama Highway 17, and shot at the car just before it hit a police car near downtown.

Blakely and his staff wanted to hold the news conference to ease the fears of Ardmore residents.

"We got a lot more work that has to be done," stated Blakely. "We will be spending hundreds of hours still interviewing people, talking to people, and making sure we have our timeline down right. But we are very confident in this arrest."

Blakely also thanked his investigators, Ardmore Police Department, and Pickens County authorities for their hard work in this case.

"I am just really proud we were able to wrap this thing up as quickly as we have," he stated.

Fred Sommerville (Photo courtesy Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

Blakely also said this murder has no connection to the death of an Ardmore woman investigated by Madison County deputies earlier last week.

Deputies said Cosman went outside to check his backyard after hearing a noise Thursday night. After his wife heard gunshots, she went outside and found his body.

"I hope the people of Ardmore sleep a little better now," Blakely said after announcing the capital murder warrant.

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