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Second suspect arrested in homicide


By Alton Mitchell

The second suspect police had sought in connection to a fatal March double shooting in Opelika that left two men dead, including a LaFayette native was taken into custody last week. The arrest places two men now in custody in connection to the homicide of Derris Harris.

Opelika Police confirm that 26-year-old Jacquavious Jamar Greathouse of Auburn surrendered to police on April 26th. Greathouse was the second suspect police had sought in connection to the fatal March 25th shooting on Toomers Court in Opelika that left Derris Harris and Sedric Lewis dead.

Greathouse turned himself in just two days after Opelika police arrested 26-year-old John Maddox in connection to the homicide. Police advised at the time of Maddox’s arrest they were seeking a second suspect, but did not release Greathouse’s name immediately.

Both men were booked into the Lee County Detention Center following their arrests. Jail records indicate that Jacquavious Greathouse is facing five charges in connection to the shooting. Those charges are two counts of murder-non family gun and three counts of attempted murder. He is being held on bonds that total $1,450,000 for his charges.

Jail records also indicate that John Maddox is being held on the same five charges as well and has bonds totaling $1,450,000. Maddox is set to make his next court appearance on July 5, 2017. There is not court date yet set for Greathouse.

Harris was laid to rest on Saturday April 1st with his home going services being held in LaFayette. He is survived by several relatives including a daughter. Opelika Police have not given indication that they are seeking any other suspects in connection to the homicide.