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Suspect in fatal Auburn shooting surrenders

5:22 AM, Jun 13, 2012   |    comments
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The three-day hunt for a man charged with killing three people near Auburn University ended with the suspect walking up the steps of an Alabama courthouse and peacefully turning himself in to a U.S. Marshal waiting inside.

Hours after his surrender, Desmonte Leonard was being held early Wednesday in a Montgomery jail.

He'd been on the run since Saturday, when authorities said he opened fire after a fight over a woman at a pool party.

The manhunt was vexing for authorities who first dealt with misinformation from people who know Leonard, then narrowly missed catching him at a Montgomery house they searched inch-by-inch for nine hours.

Investigators say they believe the pressure of being on the run had finally gotten to Leonard.

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press

The Associated PRess

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