Auburn killing suspect is in custody


After a three-day manhunt, the man accused of killing three people at a party near Auburn University turned himself in Tuesday.

Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said Desmonte Leonard was taken into custody Tuesday night by a U.S. Marshal at the federal courthouse in Montgomery, Ala., and that he surrendered peacefully to the marshal waiting inside the courthouse.

Leonard, 22, is charged with three counts of capital murder in a shooting Saturday night after a fight over a woman. Killed were two former Auburn football players -- Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips -- and Auburn resident DeMario Pitts. Leonard is also accused of wounding three others, including current Auburn offensive lineman Eric Mack, who was shot near the hip.

Auburn President Jay Gogue issued a statement regarding Leonard's arrest:

"We appreciate the dedication and commitment of the Auburn City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. This is a difficult time for our campus and community. We're remembering those who lost their lives, and it's important that we pull together to help those who are grieving and recovering. We're offering counseling to students, and we've reached out to the families. I ask everyone to offer your thoughts, prayers and support to those who need it."