Working in conjunction with authorities in Missouri, Mobile police were able to secure an arrest in a three-year-old case stemming from a 2012 murder.
According to police records, on Jan. 5, 2012 the Mobile Police Department responded to the Spring Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery located on Pierce Road after a vehicle fire was reported.Once the flames were extinguished, authorities say, the body of a male victim was found in the vehicle. That man was later identified as 31-year-old Michael Adkins of Spanish Fort.
After a three-year investigation conducted by MPD homicide detectives, Adkins’ cause of death was determined to be murder and a suspect — 22-year-old Carley Joseph Lonnie Capps — was identified.
On Thursday, April 9, Mobile Police were able to obtain a warrant to charge Capps with murder. Since the 2012 incident, he had relocated to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Capps was arrested in a joint operation with the FBI, Missouri State Police and the Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office. He is currently awaiting extradition.
According to arrest records from Mobile County Metro Jail, Capps was previously arrested in Mobile in 2011 and charged with one count of second-degree possession of marijuana, his only previous recorded arrest in the county.