FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) - More charges have been placed on a suspect authorities said was involved in the murder of Donald "DJ" Howard.
Investigators said Howard was killed on January 14, 2013 on Parker Road in Fairhope. His remains were found in the Plateau Cemetery off Bay Bridge Road in Mobile more than a week later.
Authorities arrested Immanuel "CJ" Jenkins, 22, on January 18 for capital murder.
Since that time, charges have been rolling out on additional men authorities say were involved in the apparent shooting death of Howard.
Deputies arrested Bruce Salter, 24, at his Fairhope home on Tuesday, June 25. Investigators said they connected Salter with Howard's murder after additional information and evidence came to light.
Jamon Lawrence, 20, joins Salter and is being charged with Hindering Prosecution first-degree.
On October 25, Lawrence was also charged with abuse of a corpse after Baldwin County Deputies say he helped dump Howard's body.
Quinten Howard said the death of his cousin DJ Howard is a tragedy their family is still trying to come to terms with every day.
“It was almost like a horror story that you’d hear. But you would never think would happen in your own family,” said Howard.
Since his death, DJ’s family has been working to recover. They gathered at his gravesite on October 10 to celebrate his 22nd birthday and remember the life of their loved one.
“We would always joke and laugh. He loved music. You couldn’t add anything or take anything away from him. He was a respectful, kind, loving person,” Howard said.
When authorities arrived to a mobile home property off Parker Road, they said they found evidence that Howard had sustained ‘non-survivable' injuries.
Investigators said it appears Howard was shot numerous times while inside a vehicle on the property.
Howard said the suspects were friends with DJ and often spent a lot of time around his family.
“It’s a mixture of anger and disbelief. You wouldn’t want to think people who you grew up with or you know very closely would have a mindset to do these kinds of things,” said Howard.
Howard’s family says they’re still wrestling with questions over why he was killed. They say along with their grief for their loved one, they’re heartbroken so many young lives could be ruined because of this crime.
“The most devastating part has already taken course. We as a family has continued to pray for the suspects' families as well. Prayer is the only thing that has continued to bring us through," Howard said.
Salter, Jenkins and Lawrence remain in the Baldwin County Jail without bond.
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