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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Two juvenile males were arrested last Friday in connection to the recent murder of a 16 year old male from Leeds.
While little information is known about the suspects because of their ages and Alabama laws, the two juveniles arrested are seemingly residents of Coosa County.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reported that at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, Shelby County 911 received a report of an individual suffering from a gunshot wound in the 400 block of Alexander Road. That area is located in unincorporated Shelby County near the City of Leeds.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office further reported that deputies and medical personnel responded to the scene and attempted to provide life-saving measures, but their efforts were unsuccessful. The victim was identified as 16-year-old Cameron Paul Daffron of Leeds.
Investigators with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and immediately began to followup on leads in the homicide case. Within 24 hours of the fatal shooting, investigators had detained two juveniles in connection with the murder investigation.
Last Friday, September 2, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigators signed warrants formally charging two juvenile males each with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.
At the time it was reported that both juvenile males, who were noted as being from outside Shelby County, were being held in the Shelby County Jail with each having a total bond of $280,000. As of press time it was not known whether the two suspects were still in custody or if they had made bond.
In a press release, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office stated that, “Due to current Alabama laws relating to juveniles charged as adults, identifying suspect/offender information cannot be released by law enforcement.”
However, the press release went on to state that Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego would like to thank all supporting agencies for their assistance in the investigation, including the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office.
When asked how the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the case, Sheriff Samaniego said, “They helped us locate the suspects, but I cannot comment further due to the law protecting juvenile status of perpetrators. Sheriff Howell and his deputies did an outstanding job.”
Coosa County Sheriff Michael Howell said that he had been contacted by Sheriff Samaniego, and he advised that they were working a shooting that involved one individual being murdered and another victim being shot at numerous times. The latter would be what resulted in the attempted murder charge for each suspect.
“Through their investigation they developed the two individuals as suspects, and they asked for our assistance with taking them into custody.,” Howell stated. “They were taken into custody by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Coosa School Resource Officer Corporal Bradgel Moon and other Coosa County staff.”
Anyone who has additional information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 205-670-6000 or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777 or on their website at www.crimestoppersmetroal.com.