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Double homicide

Published 12:30pm Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department is currently seeking suspects in a double homicide that occurred last Tuesday.

According to a press release from the TCSD, officers responded to reports of several shots fired from the 11,000 block of Hwy. 50 at approximately 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Police arrived on the scene to find Derrick Laphonso Wright, 44, of Montgomery, dead from several gunshot wounds.

Renard Kendale Brooks, 30, of Dadeville, was also found at the scene with gunshot wounds.

Brooks was transported to UAB Medical Center, but authorities said Brooks was pronounced dead the next day.

Sheriff Jimmy Abbett would not comment as to whether a murder weapon or suspect has been identified, but he said that evidence has been turned over to the state for analysis.

“The investigation is ongoing – we are awaiting results from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences,” Abbett said.

The investigation is currently a four-agency collaboration, with the sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the Montgomery Police Department assisting.

The City of Alexander City has seen three homicides during 2012, but Tuesday’s incident was the first reported homicide outside city limits.

Law enforcement is asking for anyone with information regarding this incident to contact TCSD at 256-825-4264 or the secret witness line at 256-827-2035.

Citizens can also call the Tallapoosa County Crime Stoppers at 256-3976-0050 or 1-877-254-4730, or any local law enforcement agency.