Alabama Murder Suspect Shoots Man in Head, and Runs to Mississippi Casino, Arrested

An Alabama man was taken into custody in a Mississippi casino, where detectives believe he fled after murdering a man in an Alabama hotel room.

Police in Chickasaw, Alabama, were summoned to the M Star Hotel on Tuesday, where they discovered a man later identified as Christopher Ryan Martin, 38, who had died from a gunshot wound under his chin.

Surveillance video showed a guy entering Martin’s hotel room at 3:40 a.m., followed by a gunshot one minute later.

The suspect was seen on camera fleeing the area in a dark SUV. The man was recognized by investigators as Cornelius Layette Smith, 48.

Police enlisted the assistance of Mobile County Sheriff’s Office investigators and the United States Marshal Service in their search for Smith.

He was discovered and arrested at the Island View Casino in Gulfport, Mississippi.

He was charged with murder.

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