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Murder Witness Shot
Montgomery Police say a suspect in a December homicide is back in jail after a judge revoked his $75,000 bond for allegedly shooting a witness to the murder. Monday, Montgomery District Judge Jimmy Poole ordered 24-year-old Saturus Smith back to jail after police charged him with assault in connection with the April 12th shooting of Curtis London on Withers Street. Authorities said Smith was already charged with murder for the December 11th shooting of 22-year-old Charles Holley in Gibbs Village. Police said Holley died a few weeks later.
Prattville Man Sentenced
A 22-year-old Prattville man convicted of killing a man December 2012 learned his fate Monday. Autauga County Circuit Judge Ben Fuller sentenced Dre Antwan Deramus to serve 19 years in prison. Last December, a jury found Deramus guilty of killing 20-year-old Lamarcus Ramsey of Prattville. Prosecutors said the victim was found shot to death inside a vehicle on a Prattville street. Ramsey also made national headlines two years ago when a judge gave him jail time for wearing saggy pants in court.
ASU Closes Farmer's Market
Alabama State University has announced that the school soon will terminate its four-year lease with the Farmer's Market on West Fairview Avenue. The dean of ASU's College of Business, Dr. Le-Quita Booth, said in a statement issued Monday that the university has decided to end its lease with the state Department of Agriculture, which owns the market. In 2011, ASU stepped in to prevent the Farmer's Market on West Fairview from closing.
Missing Montgomery Woman
A Montgomery woman says she is not giving up efforts to find her missing daughter. Ten years have passed since Laquanta Riley was last seen leaving her mother's house. Montgomery Police detectives spent years pursuing various leads and have said the case remains open. Central Alabama CrimeStoppers and Montgomery Police have released a new age progression photograph of Laquanta Riley. She was 19-years-old at the time of her disappearance in December 2003.