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Suspect in Alabama teen’s death arrested in Texas

November 7, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A suspect in the killing of an Alabama teen last month has been arrested in Texas.

News outlets reported that U.S. Marshals arrested 30-year-old Deaster Gardner in Houston on Tuesday.

Gardner is wanted in the Oct. 16 shooting in Sumiton that killed 17-year-old Jamie Marie Kernop and wounded her boyfriend and another man.

Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Cliff LaBarge said Sumiton police had asked for their help in finding Gardner. The Birmingham-based task force developed information Tuesday morning that Gardner had fled to Houston.

Gardner is in the Harris County jail in Texas, awaiting an extradition hearing.

Sumiton police found Kernop dead in a home Oct. 16. The males who were wounded had made it out of the house and were taken to a hospital.

Another teen was arrested earlier.

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