Samarjay Peterson, 22, turned himself into authorities at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Samarjay Peterson, 22, turned himself into authorities at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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Second suspect in Powell murder surrenders to police

Published 12:09pm Friday, August 22, 2014

Former University of Alabama defensive lineman Ozell Powell was shot and killed Wednesday night at Creekstone Apartments in Greenville.

According to authorities, Powell, 40, had two gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen area. He was transported to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital where was pronounced dead.

“After we arrived on the scene we were able to process the scene, locate witnesses and conduct a number of interviews,” Greenville Police Department Lt. Justin Lovvorn said. “We developed a suspect and were able to take him into custody early (Thursday) morning.”

Eric Simmons, 22, of Greenville, was arrested at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday and charged with murder.

Thursday afternoon, authorities issued a warrant for a second suspect in the murder.

Samarjay Peterson, 22, turned himself into authorities at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

He has also been charged with murder.

“We appreciate (Peterson’s) family encouraging him to turn himself in,” Chief Lonzo Ingram said.

Both Simmons and Peterson are being held at the Butler County Correction Facility without bond.

Authorities declined to name a cause for the shooting, as the investigation is still ongoing.

“This is still a continuing investigation,” Lovvorn said. “We’re very confident we have the two individuals involved in the actual murder in custody, but we’re continuing to process the scene and there could be other charges such as accessory to murder that come up during the course of the investigation.”

Powell was a standout football player at Greenville High School earning all-state honors as a senior.

He went on to play for Alabama from 1993 to 1996.

As a member of the Tide, Powell started 25 games and was credited with 67 tackles, including three for a loss and four sacks. As a senior, he intercepted a pass in the SEC championship game against Florida and returned it 22 yards.

Following college, Powell spent two seasons on the Washington Redskins’ practice squad before signing as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2000. He was drafted in 2001 by the XFL’s Birmingham Bolts.

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