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Madison Police hunting ‘armed and extremely dangerous’ murder suspect

Huntsville and Madison City police are working an early morning death investigation after a gunshot victim was found on Slaughter Road.

Posted: Oct 6, 2020 8:22 AM
Updated: Oct 6, 2020 5:45 PM

The Madison Police Department is looking for an "armed and extremely dangerous" suspect in a Tuesday morning murder.

Police are looking for Jonathan Taylor Stephens, a 39-year-old whtie male, 6’2” in height, 205 pounds in weight, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Jonathan Taylor Stephens

Stephens has access to a 2016 Black Chevrolet Silverado truck with Alabama license tag 9514AT5.

Police Chief David Jernigan said Stephens faces a murder charge in the death of Michael Anthony Baker of Huntsville.

Madison Police were notified just after 1 a.m. of a deceased male victim located on the roadside in the 200 block of Slaughter Road near the railroad crossing in the jurisdiction of Huntsville by the Huntsville Police Department. 

Madison Police identified a residence of interest within the city and this location is under further investigation. An arrest warrant for Stephens charging him with murder along with a search warrant for a separate residence in Madison was also obtained.

Jernigan said Stephens' whereabouts are unknown at this time and he is a fugitive and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

If the public is aware of Stephens’ whereabouts the Madison Police Department is requesting you take no action yourself but to contact local law enforcement to report this information. 

From earlier:

The Huntsville and Madison City Police Departments are working an early morning death investigation after a gunshot victim was found on Slaughter Road.

Huntsville police confirmed they responded to a death investigation around 1 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Slaughter Road by the railroad crossing near Madison Boulevard. At this time, the investigation is a joint effort between Huntsville and Madison police. 

Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill said an autopsy has been ordered and will be performed at the Department of Forensic Sciences later this week.

Don Webster with Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, Inc. told WAAY 31, they responded to a call of a gunshot victim found on Slaughter Road and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. 

WAAY 31 has reached out to the Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill for more information. 

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