2 arrested in connection to Opelika man’s murder

Marquavious Tirrell Howard (L) Martez Anthony Simmons (R)

LEE COUNTY, Ala. – Investigators with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office have charged two men in connection with the murder of 67-year-old William Foreman of Opelika.

Sheriff’s investigators and Opelika Police took 25-year-old Marquavious Tirrell Howard of Opelika into custody at around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. 25-year-old co-defendant Martez Anthony Simmons of Opelika was served with warrants at the Lee County Detention Center where he was in custody on unrelated offenses.

Both men each face a charge of Murder, Robbery First Degree and Theft First Degree.

Bond has been set at $ 250,000 for Murder, $100,000 for Robbery First Degree and $ 50,000 for Theft First Degree for a total bond of $ 400,000 for each defendant.

The investigation is continuing and charges are expected to be upgraded to Capital Murder in the near future. William Foreman was reported missing to Opelika Police on August 30 after officers with the Columbus Police Department in located his burned out van in Columbus.

Around 6:35 a.m. on August 31 the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a body near the intersection of Lee Road 401 and Lee Road 170 in the Salem area of Lee County.

Initial investigation indicated that the victim, William Foreman, had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. An investigation was initiated which resulted in the discovery of several key pieces of evidence including a handgun believed to be involved in the homicide.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information in regard to this case is urged to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 334-7155.

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