Murder Investigation Now Underway

Two suspects were arrested Monday in connection with the death of two people over the weekend.

Randy Wayne King, age 42 and Ronnie Lee King, age 67, were arrested two days after Ricky Ward Jr., 27, was found dead in a ditch – and Laura Jean Thornton, age 55, was shot and critically wounded,

Anniston police said Monday that both victims were from Anniston.

Thornton, who was air-lifted to UAB Hospital later died of her injuries.  Police did not say exactly when she died.

The victims’ bodies were found two blocks away from each other in Anniston.

Randy King was charged with hindering prosecution, while Ronnie King was charged with murder after they were placed under arrest by Anniston Police and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said the investigation is on-going and more arrests are possible.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Anniston Police at (256) 240-4000.


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