Second arrest made in Mulga double murder case

MULGA, AL (WBRC) – The Jefferson County Sheriff's office says an arrest has been made in connection to a double murder that occurred on Saturday.

21-year-old Lajonas Deshane Powell was arrested on Tuesday and charged with Capital Murder for the deaths of Willie James Turner III and Jerry Crawford.

Investigators says Turner and Crawford were kidnapped from a residence on Fairmont Way in north Birmingham and taken to the murder scene in Mulga.  The motive is believed to be robbery.

"I am so sorry for the families of these two innocent victims" stated Sheriff Mike Hale. "Our deputies worked extremely hard to get them justice and we will not relent until all that are responsible are held accountable for these cold blooded murders" Hale added.

Powell is being held in the Jefferson County Jail.

Update: The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive task force working with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested a second suspect, Harold Brownlee Jr, 37, of North Birmingham in connection with the Mulga murders.

Deputies believe Brownlee fled the state and returned to Alabama. Authorities found him Thursday morning at a small hotel in Eastlake and arrested him without incident. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail for Capital Murder with no bond.

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