Edward Lee Bonner turned himself over to authorities on Tuesday, July 30th despite telling reporters gathered at Mobile Police Department headquarters that he was not responsible for the deal of Obrian Sanptor Russell. Russell was fatally shot on the 3100 block of Dauphin Street on April 28th and the case remains the second longest running unsolved homicide case of the year.
Bonner, 26, was escorted to a waiting police car and taken to Mobile County Metro Jail where he will be booked on one count of murder in the death of Russell. MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains reported that evidence points to an altercation taking place between Russell and Bonner on the night of April 28th. Whether or not Bonner and Russell knew each other is still being investigated at this time.
Police records show that Bonner has a history of criminal charges in Mobile County that date back to 2008. He previously had been arrested on charges of breaking and entering a vehicle, receiving stolen property, and criminal trespassing.
Edward Lee Bonner is also being held in Mobile County Metro Jail by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office on one count of promoting prison contra band and one count attempting to commit a controlled substance crime.
Detectives are still actively investigating the shooting.