Monday, June 11, 2012

Demontez Leonard Identified as Probable Auburn Shooter

Desmonte Demontez Leonard, the 22-year-old Montgomery man at the center of law enforcement manhunt for his role in a mass shooting at an Auburn apartment complex, has been arrested twice on gun charges, according to online court records.

Records also indicate he has been sued twice for child support, with the most recent lawsuit filed on Friday, just one day before Saturday night's shooting.

Auburn police have sworn out three capital murder warrants against Leonard. He is accused of killing three people, including former Auburn football players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips, and injuring three others. Police are also seeking two "persons of interest" who they did not identify.

Leonard was charged with second degree assault in the June 25, 2009, shooting of a 16-year-old male. The teen was shot with a 40-caliber type handgun, according to court records.

Prosecutors did not pursue the charges after the victim stated under oath that Leonard did not shoot him.
Efforts to reach the attorney who had represented Leonard in that case were unsuccessful Sunday.
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