Desmonte Leonard Indicted Months After Auburn Shooting

By Brandon Miller

Desmonte Leonard of Montgomery, Ala. has been indicted for capital murder and attempted murder for the June 9 shootings at University Heights, an apartment complex in south Auburn, that left three dead and three others wounded.

The indictments by a Lee County grand jury includes capital murder for the three who died, including former Tiger football players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips.
After originally being charged with the three deaths, Leonard was indicted on one count of capital murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree assault. His trial is assigned to judge Jacob Walker III in Lee County Circuit Court, but no court date has been set. Leonard is being held in a Montgomery jail without bond.
The second-degree assault charge comes after Leonard injured Xavier and Auburn offensive lineman Eric Mack. Leonard was charged with first-degree assault for allegedly injuring John Robertson of Roanoke. Despite being physically healthy after being shot in the buttocks, Mack will miss the 2012 season while continuing to deal with the psychological impact of the shooting.
The attempted murder charges toward Leonard are for allegedly shooting at Auburn wideout DeAngelo Benton as well as Turquorius Vines, who was interviewed the morning after incident.
“It’s supposed to be me and D-Lo that got shot,” Vines said in the interview.

With emotions still running high in the small city of Auburn toward this incident, the overall want and need is simply for justice. Leonard turned himself in several days after the shooting and the afternoon following a long standoff in a neighborhood outside Montgomery where police believed Leonard was, but he was not.

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