Court Docs Detail Backseat Execution of Men Found Near Tuscaloosa Sunday
The two men found murdered in Tuscaloosa County Sunday morning were executed from the backseat of a moving vehicle, according to charging documents obtained by the Thread.
As previously reported, homicide investigators spent all day and night Sunday working the case after the two victims, both 23-year-old men from the Montgomery area, were found dead a few miles apart in Fosters.
The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit and law enforcement agencies across the region cooperated on the case and quickly identified and arrested two suspects -- Keondre Jazel McCall and Mance Quinnell McCall, Jr. The duo are both 19 and are reportedly cousins.
Investigators previously said there was evidence that the deaths were homicides but declined to say more -- the new court documents detail a cold-hearted double murder at close range.
According to the newly filed depositions, 23-year-old Destin Rashard Holley was driving on Interstate 20/59 and his friend Justin Whitfield was riding in the passenger seat. The depositions do not say if he was driving at speed or slowly on the shoulder -- only that the car was in motion.
The McCall cousins were in the backseat behind them -- Keondre McCall reportedly said he was sleeping when Mance McCall woke him up by fatally shooting Holley and Whitfield.
Mance McCall allegedly admitted to shooting Holley and then shooting Whitfield once, but told police that after the car came to a stop, his cousin Keondre fired another shot to kill Whitfield after he survived the first bullet.
Both McCalls allegedly admitted to moving the victims and leaving them at the two locations where they were later found -- one on Interstate 20/59 near Fosters after the victim's body was struck by a passing truck and another who was discovered dumped on nearby Frog Ridge Road.
The cousins then allegedly drove away in Holley's vehicle, which was located abandoned in Hayneville, Alabama, in Lowndes County near Montgomery. Police there said one window had been shot out and a large amount of blood and other evidence was still inside when it was discovered.
The McCalls were found in a home less than a mile away from where the car was left, then brought back to Tuscaloosa where they allegedly admitted to the killings.
Both teens were charged with capital murder under legal language that classifies any homicide with more than one victim as a capital crime. That means both will be jailed without bond until the case is resolved through a plea or trial. If convicted of capital murder, they would either be sentenced to death or life without the possibility of parole in prison.