On 02/04/2022 at approximately 9:37 PM, Opelika Police Officers responded to a rescue call in the 200 Block of Vero Court, where they located a 56-year-old male who appeared to have been assaulted. Upon investigation, officers discovered that the assault had occurred in the 200 Block of Chester Avenue. The victim was taken to East Alabama Medical Center for treatment before being transported to Baptist South Medical Center in Montgomery, AL. On 02/10/2022 the victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
During the investigation, 41-year-old Jeremiah Ellis Spence from Lafayette, AL was developed as a suspect. Spence was arrested on 02/15/2022 for murder.
This case remains under investigation by the Opelika Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call (334) 705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665. Tips can be submitted through our Opelika Police Mobile App. You may wish to remain anonymous.