Fairfield police say the suspect in the murder of a man whose body was found behind Miles College has confessed to the crime.
A capital murder warrant has been obtained against DeMarcus Antoine Thompkins, 21, for the murder of Nathaniel Williams, Jr., 28.
Police Chief Leon Davis said today that Thompkins turned himself in to the Fairfield Police Department Thursday night. The suspect's taped confession confirmed what police believed happened based on the available evidence.
Police say Thompkins was an acquaintance of the man he allegedly killed, but they haven't elaborated on how the men knew each other.
Thompkins told police they were both inside Williams' vehicle in front of Williams' home on 230 Oakmont Street in Birmingham when he shot and killed him. Williams' body showed he suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots in the area that night, and blood evidence was discovered in front of Williams' home.
Thompkins told police that after the shooting he drove the vehicle from Birmingham to Fairfield and dumped Williams' body in an alley behind Miles College.
He said he then drove to a location in Selma, Ala. and tried to hide and destroy evidence. Chief Davis says the vehicle has been recovered and officers are now searching for the murder weapon.
Police have not released a possible motive in the murder.
"Even though two lives and families have been destroyed, we are glad to offer some closure to the family of the victim despite geographical boundaries," Chief Davis said.
He added that Fairfield citizens or Miles College students were "at no time…at risk or involved in this tragic incident."
The police chief also thanked the Selma Police Department and their police chief for their assistance in the case.
Thompkins will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail on the capital murder warrant, where he will be held without bond.
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