UPDATE: Suspect in Double Murder Now in Custody

Update:  Vincent Lamar Oliver Jr. has been taken into custody and has ben charged as a juvenile with two counts of Capital Murder. He will be held in the Southeast Alabama Diversion Center. Due to the restriction of a court order, no further information will be released regarding him.

 

On Sunday, November 20, 2022, at approximately 8:04 p.m., the Dothan Police Department responded to the 200 block of Fifth Avenue for a report of two people being shot. It was confirmed two female victims were deceased from gunshot wounds.

The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Jasmine Danielle Bean, and 20-year-old Ja’Lexius Lashon Wells, both of Dothan.

During the investigation we have developed a suspect who is a juvenile. Due to Alabama juvenile privacy laws, we are typically not allowed to release juvenile information. However, the courts have issued an order allowing the suspect’s information to be released to the public due to the interest of public safety.

The suspect is identified as Vincent Lamar Oliver Jr., 14 years old of Dothan. Oliver Jr. is wanted for two counts of Capital Murder related to the shooting last night.

Oliver also has active juvenile pickup orders for two counts of Attempted Assault First Degree and one count of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle which occurred in July 2022. Oliver Jr. has been sought by authorities since that time. Per the court order, no further information related to Oliver can be released.

Anyone who has information related to the whereabouts of Oliver Jr. is asked to please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

Two Shot Dead Inside A Residence

On Sunday, November 20, 2022, at approximately 8:04 p.m., the Dothan Police Department responded to the 200 block of Fifth Avenue for a report of two people being shot. When officers arrived on scene, they confirmed that information to be true.

Dothan Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and confirmed two female victims were deceased from gunshot wounds. Neither of the females lived there but were visiting. It is believed there was a gathering of several people at this location when this took place. Other than the victims, no one else was present when officers arrived.

The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Jasmine Danielle Bean, and 20-year-old Ja’Lexius Lashon Wells, both of Dothan.

We are in the preliminary stage of the investigation and no further information is available currently. We will release more information as it becomes available.

Domestic Incident Leaves Two People Shot

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at approximately 7:52 AM, the Dothan Communication Center received a report of a firearm assault in the 300 block of Donna Drive. When officers arrived, they determined there were two victims; one still on scene that was transported to the hospital by ambulance, and a second victim that had already been transported to the hospital by a personal vehicle.

The investigation revealed this was a domestic related incident in which a male subject had entered the residence uninvited. Once inside, he engaged in a physical altercation with a female whom he had been in a relationship with. While the two struggled over a firearm, the female’s son entered the room with his own firearm and began firing at the male subject to protect his mother, accidently striking his mother in the arm. The female is expected to make a full recovery. The male subject was shot multiple times and is listed in critical but stable condition. He underwent surgery for his injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation and charges will be forthcoming against the male subject who entered the residence. He is identified as David Leonard Gamble, 38 years old of Dothan.

Considering recent shootings in Dothan, this is an isolated incident in which justifiable deadly force was used inside the victim’s home to protect themselves from harm or death.

Arrest Made in Peanut Festival Parade Shooting That Left One Dead

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, while the National Peanut Festival Parade was on going, a group of individuals engaged in a fight near the intersection of West Main Street and Montana Street. During the fight, at least one individual produced a gun and fired into the group hitting two victims. One victim, 22-year-old Garyoun Tyrone Fluellen, of Dothan, received one gunshot to the upper torso. He was transported to Southeast Health where he was pronounced deceased. The second victim received two gunshots to the upper torso and was transported to Southeast Health where he underwent surgery.

As the investigation progressed, we received assistance from our community which helped bring this case to a successful conclusion. The shooter was quickly identified as Mekhi Nasir Lawton, 18 years old of Dothan. Warrants were immediately obtained on Lawton for one count of Murder and one count of Assault First Degree. Lawton turned himself in just before midnight last night. His bond has been set at $1.53 Million.

We would like to thank members of our community who assisted in bringing quick resolution to this case ensuring this individual is behind bars.

Mekhi Nasir Lawton – Murder & Assault First Degree

Shooting During Peanut Festival Parade Leaves One Dead

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, while the National Peanut Festival Parade was on going, a group of individuals engaged in a fight near the intersection of West Main Street and Montana Street. During the fight, at least one individual produced a gun and fired into the group hitting two victims. One victim, 22-year-old Garyoun Tyrone Fluellen, of Dothan, received one gunshot to the upper torso. He was transported to Southeast Health where he was pronounced deceased. The second victim received two gunshots to the upper torso and was transported to Southeast Health where he underwent surgery. He is in stable condition.

Investigators are in the preliminary stage of the investigation and have identified two persons of interest. We are asking the community for assistance in locating the two following individuals:  Mekhi Nasir Lawton, 18 years old of Dothan; and Mark Quinten Small Jr., 18 years old of Dothan.

We ask if you have any information on the whereabouts of either of these individuals that you call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of anyone who would like to help in an anonymous capacity.

Out of an abundance of caution, extra police officers will be on hand for the Peanut Festival tonight at the fairgrounds.  We have no reason to believe that this incident is any way connected to the Peanut Festival, rather this lawless behavior by individuals with no regard for anyone else took place where thousands of people gathered to watch a parade.  We will not stop until the person(s) responsible for this act are in custody and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Two Dothan Women Charged with Hindering Prosecution

In July of 2022, the Dothan Police Department began working a double murder investigation along with Holmes County, Florida Sheriff’s Department. During the investigation, five individuals were identified as suspects. Two of those suspects; 32 year old Devante Williams, and 31 year old MacAuthur Hawkins, both of Dothan, are still being sought by the Dothan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals. Williams and Hawkins are wanted for one count of Capital Murder, one count of Kidnapping First Degree and one count of Abuse of a Corpse.

In recent days, investigators have identified two females that have been hindering the apprehension of Devante Williams by providing him with housing and vehicles. Quantasia Johnson, 27 years old from Dothan, and Cathleen Harvis, 26 years old from Enterprise, have each been charged with one count of Hindering Prosecution First Degree. Each one has a $15,000.00 bond.

If you have any information related to the whereabouts of Devante Williams or MacAuthur Hawkins, we ask that you contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity. A reward may be offered for any information that leads to the apprehension of either of these two individuals.

 

Two Men Arrested for Mauldin Drive Murder

At approximately 3:20 AM on Sunday, September 4, 2022, Dothan Fire and Rescue along with Dothan Police Department responded to a residence in the 600 block of Mauldin Drive for a medical emergency. It was determined the victim, 48 year old Robert Blount, was deceased as a result of being murdered.  Multiple interviews have been conducted and many leads have been followed up on. Investigators have worked around the clock since Sunday to bring resolution to this case.

On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, investigators arrested two individuals for the Murder of Blount. Koston Pierce McWaters, 24 years old of Ashford, AL, was picked up at his place of employment in Dothan and subsequently arrested.

Mekhi Rajan Telfair, 24 years old of Ashford, AL, was arrested in Bay County, FL for a warrant that was issued by the Dothan Police Department.

Both, McWaters and Telfair have each been charged with one count of Capital Murder and have no bond. At this time no more arrests are expected.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the Bay County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Task Force for their assistance in the apprehension of Telfair in Bay County, Fl.

We ask that anyone who has information related to this incident to please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

Dothan Man Found Murdered

At approximately 3:20 AM on 9/4/2022, Dothan Fire and Rescue along with Dothan Police Department responded to a residence in the 600 block of Mauldin Road for a medical emergency. It was determined the victim, 48 year old Robert Blount, was deceased as a result of being murdered.  Multiple persons have been interviewed to attempt to gain information related to this incident.

This is an ongoing investigation, but we ask that anyone who has information related to this incident to please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

Second Suspect Arrested and Additional Suspects Wanted in the Two-State Double Murder

On 7/28/2022, the Dothan Police Department and the Holmes County, Florida Sheriff’s Department began a joint investigation into a double murder. The investigation led to the discovery of two bodies buried on Long Round Bay Road in Holmes County, Florida. The bodies are believed to be those of Damien Bell and Shauna Terry, who were listed as missing persons from Dothan, Alabama on 7/11/2022.

On 7/28/2022, Sheena Thurman was arrested by the Dothan Police Department and charged with one count of murder. As a result of the ongoing investigation, Dothan Police Department has now charged David Allen Bastian, 37 years old of Port Saint Lucie, Florida with one count of Capital Murder, one count of Kidnapping First Degree, and one count of Abuse of a Corpse.

The Dothan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals are currently attempting to locate Joshua Deavours Parks, 36 years old of Dothan; Devante Laquae Williams, 32 years old of Dothan; and MacAuthur Mike Hawkins, 31 years old of Dothan. Parks, Williams, and Hawkins are wanted for one count of Capital Murder, one count of Kidnapping First Degree, and one count of Abuse of a Corpse.

We are asking the public if you have any information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals to contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000. A reward may be offered for information that leads to the capture of these individuals. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

 

 

Joint Investigation Into a Double Murder

On 7/11/2022 the Dothan Police Department received a report about two missing persons, Shauna Terry, and her boyfriend, Damien Bell. It was reported by family members the two had not been seen or heard from since 7/8/2022. An investigation into their whereabouts was initiated. It was determined the pair left from the motel they were staying at on Montgomery Highway late in the afternoon on 7/8/2022. At the time they left, it appeared they left on their own free will. A “lookout” was issued for the two individuals along with the red SUV they were traveling in. Several days passed with no leads and no new information about their whereabouts.

On 7/28/2022 investigators received information that led authorities to Long Round Bay Road in Bonifay, FL. Sheriff John Tate and the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department were notified of the information and a joint investigation between the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department and the Dothan Police Department began. Information led authorities to believe one or more bodies were buried on the property on Long Round Bay Road. Holmes County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at that location. Cadaver dogs were brought in and indicated to the presence human remains. Excavation began at the location the dogs indicated. The bodies of two individuals were located during the excavation. It is believed the remains may possibly be those of Shauna Terry and Damien Bell, however that cannot be confirmed until forensic testing is completed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Dothan Police Department also executed a search warrant in the 600 block of Dutch Street in Dothan, AL and processed this location for evidence related to this incident.

Even though the investigation is in its early stage, it is believed one individual may have been murdered in Dothan, AL and the other individual may have been murdered at the Long Round Bay Road location in Bonifay, FL. Persons of interest have been developed and are currently being sought. Thus far one individual, Sheena Marie Thurman, 35 years old of Bonifay, FL, has been charged with one count of Murder in Dothan, AL and one count of Open Murder in Holmes County, FL.

Sheena Marie Thurman – Murder
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