Auburn Shooting Suspect Surrenders

Desmonte Leonard faces three capital murder charges
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2012 11:16 PM CDT
Updated Jun 13, 2012 3:30 AM CDT
Desmonte Leonard, 22, of Montgomery, Ala., may have surrendered at the urging of his mom, said police.   (AP Photo/Auburn Police Division)

(Newser) – The man suspected of a triple murder near Alabama's Auburn University has surrendered to federal agents after a three-day manhunt. Desmonte Leonard, 22, has been charged with three counts of capital murder and two counts of assault in the shooting that left three people dead—including two former Auburn football players—and three people injured, ABC reports.

"You can run for only so long. It's a psychological thing," said Auburn's police chief. "I hope the pressure we put on helped him turn himself in." The chief believes Leonard's mother may have finally persuaded her son to surrender to authorities, reports the Birmingham News. Two people suspected of helping Leonard hide from police have been charged with hindering prosecution. (Read more Auburn Tigers stories.)

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