UPDATE: One Arrest Made in Double Homicide in Opelika Neighborhood

Double Homicide on Toomer's Court Saturday Night


Opelika Police have arrested one person they say is connected to the double homicide that happened in the 400 block of  Toomer’s Court on March25. But, Opelika Police say they are still looking for one more person connected to the double murder.”

“Since that day, our detectives have worked tirelessly on this case. We had warrants obtained on April 21 around 11 p.m. and we made an arrest on that case. 26-year-old John Maddox Jr. was arrested at a residence in Auburn and was booked into the Lee County jail and he has been charged with two counts of murder on that incident,” said Public Information Officer for the Opelika Police Department, Cpt. Bobby Kilgore.

But, the arrests aren’t over.

“This is still an active case and we are hoping to make another arrest in this case. We promise you no tip or information is too small and it will get followed up,” said Cpt. Kilgore.

If you have any information on these murders you are urged to call the Opelika Police Detectives Division at 334-705-5220. . You also can remain anonymous.

Maddox’s bond is a little more than $500,000.


Two people are dead after they were gunned down in an Opelika home.

The double homicide happened around 9:15 p.m. Saturday night in the 400 block of Toomer’s Court.

When police received a call about shots fired, they found two victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. 27-year-old Sedric Darrell Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene and 31-year-old Derris Terrel Harris was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center emergency room via ambulance where he died shortly after arrival.

Lewis listed an Opelika address and Harris listed a Lafayette address.

Details are unclear now as to what led to the shootings and no other details are available at this time. Both victims’ bodies have been sent to the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences medical examiner’s office in Montgomery for postmortem examinations.

The double homicide investigation is still ongoing by the Lee County Coroner’s Office, the Opelika Police, and the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences.

Anyone with any information on this case, or who may have seen something in this area, is urged to contact the Opelika Police at (334) 705-5220 or the Opelika Police Secret Witness Hotline at 334-745-8665 or the Lee County Coroner’s Office Secret Witness line at 334-745-8686. All calls may remain anonymous.


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