Deputies identify body found in Marshall County, murder suspect in custody


MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Authorities were searching for a murder suspect after a man’s body was found on the side of the road near Asbury. Ronny Lee Peppers Jr. is in custody at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities have identified the victim as Johnathan Wade Bryant.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said Bryant was involved in a fight at a home on Jupiter Circle with Ronny Lee Peppers Jr., which resulted in Peppers stabbing Bryant.

Bryant’s body was found around 11 p.m. Friday after someone called to report a man crawling on the side of Martling Road near Jupiter Circle. Authorities said the man was dead when they arrived.

His body was taken to Huntsville for an autopsy. The Department of Forensic Science concluded that Bryant died from a stab wound in the upper leg.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a murder warrant for Ronny Lee Peppers Jr., who turned himself in to authorities Monday night.

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