North Antioch Circle shooting suspect previously arrested for July 2014 murder


07/12/17 9:51 p.m. — News 3 has confirmed Vantavious Hughley was arrested back in July of 2014 by Opelika police for the murder of Alizah Ellis.

News 3 was able to reach Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes Wednesday night and confirm the 2014 murder case was sent to a Lee County Grand Jury, who “no billed” it back in June of 2016. That means the grand jury did not indict Hughley for the 2014 murder, so it never went to trial.

Hughes confirms Hughley has an extensive criminal history. The district attorney says he’s committed to making sure justice is brought in this case for the victim’s family and other families who live along Antioch Circle.

07/12/17 8:28 p.m. — Opelika police have identified a suspect in the murder of Shaquille Jones. Police are looking for 20-year-old Vantavious Hughley. He will be charged with murder in the case.

Police describ Hughley as 6′ tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds.

If you know the whereabouts of Hughley you are asked to contact police.

Police say Hughley is armed and dangerous.

07/12/2017, 10:00 a.m. — Opelika police have identified the man who was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in the 500 block of North Antioch Circle.

A press release names the man as 23-year-old Shaquille O. Jones, 23 years old of Opelika, Alabama.

Police say the investigation is still in the very early stages.


OPELIKA, Ala. — The Lee County Coroner’s office confirms a 23-year-old man is dead after a shooting in the 500 block of North Antioch Circle.

A press release from Coroner Bill Harris says an officer was flagged down in the area around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The officer followed the witness to find the man’s body lying in the roadway. EMS first responders arrived shortly afterwards, but the man had already passed away prior to their arrival.

The death is being investigated as a homicide by the Opelika Police and Lee County Coroner. The victim’s name is being withheld until all family have been notified. His body has been taken to the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences medical examiner’s office in Montgomery for a postmortem examination.

Anyone with any information on this case, or who may have seen something in this area, is urged to contact the Opelika Police at (334) 705-5220 or the Opelika Police Secret Witness Hotline at 334-745-8665 or the Lee County Coroner’s Office Secret Witness line at 334-745-8686.

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