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Opelika man arrested for murder

<p>Police tape surrounds a crime scene.</p>

Police tape surrounds a crime scene.

An Opelika man was arrested for murder after a body with a gunshot wound was found lying in a roadway over the weekend. 

At 3:00 a.m., Opelika Police responded to a call from Hickory Haven Trailer Park, where they found a 24-year-old Ker'detrius Mercer of Salem, AL, deceased at the scene. 

During the investigation of the murder, 22-year-old Reginald Lamar Hooks was identified as a suspect, and on Monday, Oct. 3 at 9:50 a.m. Opelika Police received a search warrant for Hickory Haven, where Hooks was arrested for murder. 

This case remains under investigation by the Opelika Police Department, if you have any information please contact the Opelika Police Department Detective Division at (334)705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334)745-8665. 

Destini Ambus | Editor-in-Chief

Destini Ambus, senior in journalism, pursuing a minor in sociology is the editor-in-chief of The Auburn Plainsman.


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