Police arrest suspect in shooting of Auburn football player

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Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell killed in shooting
Monday December 15th, 2014

A suspect in the shooting death of Auburn freshman football player Jakell Mitchell has been arrested, according to a statement from the Auburn police chief on Sunday afternoon.

Markale Deandra Hart, 22, was taken into custody on a felony warrant that charged him with murder. According to ESPN, on Sunday afternoon, Hart was being held on $150,000 bond in the Lee County Jail.

Auburn police chief Paul Register said that Hart was arrested in Dadeville, AL, late Sunday morning. An arraignment date has not been set.

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The statement from police did not specify how Hart was apprehended or if he had an attorney, but did say that no other arrests were expected.

Police arrived at an apartment complex near Auburn's campus early Sunday morning in response to a shots-fired call. Mitchell's girlfriend, Ayanna Hughuley, said Mitchell was in an argument in the complex's parking lot when a man pulled out a gun; Hughuley didn't know the nature of the argument or if Mitchell knew Hart.

"He had his gun like this and was looking at Jakell," Hughuley said of the suspect while holding her hand down at her waistband. "He just started shooting. Jakell fell to the ground, and he tried to get back up and run, and then he fell again. He started shooting at Jakell again while Jakell was on the ground."

Mitchell, 18, was pronounced dead at the East Alabama Medical Center after the shooting. Police have disclosed that he sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

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The freshman, originally from Opelika, AL, redshirted this past season for the Tigers and, according to ESPN, was expected to compete for a starting position at H-back and tight end next season.

The shooting took place at the same apartment complex where former Auburn players Ed Christian, Ladarious Phillips and one other person were shot and killed in 2012.

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