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Posted on: December 1, 2023


Martez White 1

On September 12, 2009, Opelika Police responded to the 1300 Block of South Long Street in reference to a body that was located along the roadway. Upon arrival officers located a black male, later identified as 18-year-old Martez Latrell White, laying in a shallow ditch with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. It appeared that White had been there for several hours. A medical exam was performed on September 14, 2009, which noted the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner homicide. 

During the initial investigation it was determined that White was last seen on the evening of September 11, 2009. He was wearing a green, yellow, and red striped shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.  

“Our hope is that new information will come out that will help detectives be able to solve this case,” says White’s mother Stephanie Dawson. “It’s been 14 years of not knowing and his daughter and son growing up without their father. We hope the community comes forward with information so we can get justice for Martez.” 

If you have any information regarding the murder of Martez Latrell White, please contact the Opelika Police Detective Division at (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.

Tips can also be forwarded through Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at (334) 215-STOP(7867), toll-free at 1-833-AL1-STOP, or via their Facebook page: or their website:

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