Larry Antonio Walton, 42, turned himself in to authorities at the Talladega County Jail on Dec. 15. He was subsequently arrested by Sylacauga police for the alleged murder of 38-year-old Jermaine Walton. The suspect is being held at the jail on $500,000 bond.
The shooting occurred Dec. 13 at a residence on the 700 block of South Main Avenue. Police responded around 12:30 a.m. to the scene, where Jermaine Walton had been shot in the head. He was flown by Lifesaver helicopter to University Hospital in Birmingham, where he died at 10:25 a.m., police said.
Witnesses told police the victim and his brother had been involved in a verbal altercation that turned violent at the home. Police Chief Chris Carden said the reason for their argument is unknown.
Carden said investigators demonstrated consummate professionalism to resolve the case quickly.
“We’ve had a busy couple of weeks,” he said. “Everybody has been pushed to the limit, working a lot of hours, and I am very proud. The entire division chipped in, and through the development of good information, was able to close this homicide in a timely manner.”
This marks the second homicide in Sylacauga this year. The first occurred July 8 on the 900 block of Goodwater Highway, less than half a mile from the Dec. 13 shooting, in which 32-year-old Oliver Jennings was shot and remained in the hospital until he died Aug. 5. The investigation into Jennings’ murder remains ongoing, Carden said.
Murder is a Class A felony and, if convicted, may carry a sentence of 10 to 99 years to life in prison.
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