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October 26, 2009

Man held on murder charges

HUNTSVILLE — A Huntsville man is in custody on murder charges after confessing to shooting another local man in the head Friday night.

Osric Demetrius Ledet, 18, was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. Friday and charged with the murder of 26-year-old Cedric Earl Mills.

The shooting occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. at a home in the 400 block of Avenue H.

Though details as to the motivations behind the shooting are still murky, witnesses say Ledet approached Mills, who was standing under a carport with a female subject.

The two spoke briefly before Ledet approached another man, then turned back to Mills and fired one shot from a 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol.

The bullet entered just above Mills’ right ear and exited just above his left ear, passing through his brain. Ledet fled the scene almost immediately.

Bystanders dialed 911 and emergency services rushed Mills to Huntsville Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Ledet fled to the house of a friend, where he changed clothes and called a relative for a ride.

According to Sgt. Jim Barnes of the Huntsville Police Department, while Ledet’s relative was driving him back to the Houston area, Ledet told him he had just shot someone.

The relative pulled over near the entrance of Huntsville State Park and the two began talking.

After a short time, a patrolling park ranger noticed the parked vehicle and stopped to question the occupants.

Ledet voluntarily admitted that he had shot someone, and the ranger took him into custody and contacted police.

Ledet was then taken into HPD custody and interviewed, at which time he confessed to shooting Mills.

“It is the most cut and dry murder I’ve ever worked,” Barnes said. “We’re not even quite sure of the motive at this point. There was no altercation as far as we can tell. (Ledet) says he was fearful for the safety of his family, but he didn’t give any indication that (Mills) was going to do anything to his family.”

The exact circumstances of the incident are still under investigation. Information on hearing dates for Ledet was not immediately available.

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