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Girlfriend of Murdered Auburn Football Player Said He Was Involved in Argument with Suspect Prior To Being Shot

December 16, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Girlfriend of Murdered Auburn Football Player Said He Was Involved in Argument with Suspect Prior To Being Shot image courtesy of 6abc.com

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The girlfriend of slain Auburn University football player Jakell Mitchell said the 18-year-old was involved in an argument prior to being shot early Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press.

Ayanna Hughuley, 17, told the AP that Mitchell was having an argument with one man before another man approached him brandishing a weapon. Hughuley said she did not know what the argument was about.

“He just started shooting. Jakell fell on the ground and he tried to get back up and run, and then he fell again. He started shooting at Jakell again while Jakell was on the ground,” Hughuley told the AP.

News Leader 9’s Elizabeth White reports that 22-year-old Markale Hart, of Camp Hill, AL, was arrested and charged with Mitchell’s murder.

Markale Deandra Hart -Image courtesy of usatoday.com

Markale Deandra Hart -Image courtesy of usatoday.com

APD’s immediate investigation into Mitchell’s shooting death led to Hart being named as a suspect. Auburn detectives traveled to Dadeville, AL and with the assistance of the Tallapoosa County Sheriff Department and Jackson Gap Police, were able to locate Hart and take him into custody.

The case remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Division and the State Medical Examiner’s Office. No additional arrests are anticipated.

Hart is currently being held at the Lee County Jail on a $150,000 bond. This isn’t Hart’s first run-in with law enforcement.

The murder suspect has several prior charges on his record in Alabama, including first-degree burglary, first-degree theft of property and various drug charges. Hart also has an arrest history in South Carolina; 2011, Hart was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and failure to appear.

Mitchell, an Auburn University redshirt freshman football player was shot and killed shortly after midnight on Sunday at an apartment complex where a previous shooting took place just two years ago.

He did not live in the Tiger Lodge Apartments where the shooting occurred, but was there attending a party.

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