Second suspect facing Capital Murder charges in slaying of Phenix City woman

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AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – A second person is facing Capital Murder charges in the shooting death of a Phenix City woman at a landscaping company in Auburn. 

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On April 19, 2020, the Auburn Police Division arrested Kentrice Symonee Hill, 21 from Birmingham, Alabama in obedience to felony warrants for the offenses of Theft of Property 1st Degree and Capital Murder. Hill was transported to the Lee County Detention Facility where she was further processed. Hill has no bond. This case remains under investigation,” said Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart. 

Hill is the second person facing charges in the shooting death of 54-year-old Nancy Nash who was found dead Friday morning at Creative Habitats Landscaping.

On April 18, 2020, the Auburn Police Division obtained felony warrants for the offenses of Theft of Property 1st Degree and Capital Murder for the arrest of Derrick Hightower, 32-years-old from Columbus, Georgia,” said Stewart. 

Hightower was taken into custody by the Birmingham Police Department for separate but related charges. We are waiting a picture of Hightower as he was receiving medical care.

Hill was taken into custody in Birmingham, AL and was transported to the Lee County Detention Facility. 

Birmingham Police, Sgt. Rodarius Mauldin confirmed in a Facebook video; police were notified of a vehicle stolen out of Auburn wanted in connection to the Friday morning homicide.

In that case, Auburn Police confirmed 54-year-old Nancy Nash of Phenix City was found dead at Creative Habitats Landscaping in Auburn after police were called to a truck fire in front of the business on Friday morning.

Hightower is also a person of interest in a double murder in Dadeville, about 20 minutes up the road from where Nash was shot on 280 west.  We are waiting to see if Hill is also a person of interest in this case. 

Dadeville police tell News 3 around 7:00 Friday night they responded to 911 call from a home along Barrett Street about two deceased persons. Officers arrived and found 61-year-old Willy Tidwell and his wife 65-year-old Barbara Tidwell dead from gunshot wounds. Police say a friend of the family discovered the couple and called 911.

Multiple agencies are involved in the investigation including the Auburn Police Division, Birmingham Police Department, Irondale Police Department, Dadeville Police Department, Colombus Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshal’s Office, State Medical Examiner’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lee County District Attorney’s Office and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.

Saturday afternoon, Birmingham police asked families in the Montclair Road and Crestwood Blvd area to shelter in place as the search continued for the suspect who allegedly fired upon Birmingham officers during a Saturday morning traffic stop.  A vehicle wanted in connection to Nash’s shooting death in Auburn was spotted at a motel along Crestwood Blvd in Birmingham around 11 p.m. Friday. Several hours later, around 4 a.m. on Saturday, officers attempted to pull over a silver sedan.

During that traffic stop, Birmingham police say the suspect exited the vehicle and began firing at officers, who then lost sight of the suspect. Officers were called to a home along Briar Grove Drive, where another person was discovered shot to death inside that home.

News 3 will continue to follow this story.

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