MADISON, Ala. – Police said the 7th person they’re searching for in a murder case was with another suspect caught in Florida and may still be there.
Kenneth Khesahn Altonia Harvey, 19, may still be in the Jacksonville Beach area, where he was with Lucas Kemp when he was taken into custody earlier this month. Police said they believe Harvey saw Kemp’s arrest and ran from the beach.
Harvey is one of seven suspects in the murder of Luke Robert Pratt, who was stabbed multiple times at his home on Skyline Road the morning of May 6. Another person shot during the robbery was treated and released from a hospital.
The other six suspects are in custody.
Police locate suspects
Locating the suspects took the help of several agencies working in multiple states.
Hunter Moore was the first suspect who was arrested on May 7th. He was found in north Alabama.
Austin Holmes was arrested the next day in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Lucas Kemp was located by Jacksonville Beach police in Florida May 9th.
May 13th, Hunter Guy Ray Dubois and an unnamed juvenile were arrested in north Alabama.
The latest arrest was made May 16th after Caleb Kegley was located in north Alabama.
Holmes and Moore have been charged with capital murder in the stabbing death of Luke Pratt. The other suspects are facing first-degree burglary and murder charges.
Moore and Holmes do not have a bond. The other bonds have been set at $60,000 for each charge.
Police Chief says he has never seen a violent crime like this
No two crimes are alike, but this one sets itself apart.
“In my 24 years in law enforcement in the Tennessee Valley and in Madison I’m not familiar with a similar type of crime occurring with as many subjects in a single criminal incident,” said Chief David Jernigan.
Jernigan says Pratt was stabbed multiple times. He died at the home despite life-saving efforts. The man who was shot was treated at the hospital and released.
Police said the crime was not gang-related.
“There is evidence that they all at least knew each other,” Madison Police Capt. John Stringer said. “If not closely, they at least hung out on the peripheral in the same crowd, same group.”
Police said in a Wednesday morning news conference at they believe the motive may have been robbery. They say believe drugs may have also been involved. Evidence of the robbery was found in the home of the juvenile suspect that was arrested, police said.
They also said they are still looking for the weapon that was used to kill Pratt, but they believe it was thrown into the Elk River in Limestone County. Divers have been searching for the weapon but said storms that were in the area at the time may have moved the knife or covered it with silt.
Police say they know who shot Pratt’s roommate. They are not releasing the identity of that person at this time, but they say the suspect is in custody.
All six suspects are expected to have hearings within the next month, police said.
All of the suspects are between the ages of 17 and 20
Chief Jernigan calls the ages of the suspects a sad commentary on the youth of today.
“These men, these teenagers, should be thinking about what they are going to be doing for the summer, what they are going to be doing after high school and entering the workforce. And you’ve got all of them that are listed on here except for the fugitive I’m looking for, in the Madison County Jail,” he said.