JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: According to Sergeant Self, three more suspects have been arrested and charged in connection to the Lipscomb homicide investigation of Ashlynn Sparks.
On December 19, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Adam Decoreyea Smith, 23, Richard Steven Martinez, 20, and Courtney Brianna Devaugh, charging them with capital murder during robbery in the first degree and attempted murder. Lipscomb police chief Carey says the three were caught with the help of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals.
All four suspects are in the Jefferson County Jail without bond.
ORIGINAL: Jefferson County officials say a suspect has been charged with capital murder in the Lipscomb shooting death of 18-year-old Ashlynn Sparks.
Officials say 20-year-old Anthony Dewayne Smith of Fairfield is in the Jefferson County Jail without bond.
The shooting happened on Dec. 7. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a convenience store in Bessemer to investigate a reported shooting. They arrived to find Sparks and her boyfriend suffering from gunshot wounds. They were transported to hospitals. Sparks was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, and later died from her injuries.
The sheriff’s office says the shooting occurred on Circle Drive in Lipscomb. Lipscomb Police were called and they requested help from the sheriff’s office to process the scene.
The boyfriend survived the shooting with injuries that were not life threatening. He told investigators men he did not know tried to rob them, and they fired into the car as he tried to escape.
Lipscomb police on Dec. 13 asked the Sheriff’s Office for help with the investigation. Detectives spoke to potential witnesses and reviewed evidence, then developed a suspect. On Dec. 16, Smith was arrested and charged with capital murder.
Officials say more arrests are expected, and the investigation is ongoing.