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Columbus murder suspect captured in Alabama

Columbus murder suspect, Randy Hunter, Jr. was captured by U.S. Marshals in Birmingham, Alabama. (WSYX/WTTE)

A man wanted for a Columbus murder was captured by U.S. Marshals, hundreds of miles away in Alabama.

Randy Lee Hunter, Jr. was arrested Wednesday and found in the back of a car in Birmingham, according to U.S. Marshals.

Hunter was considered armed and dangerous and is accused of shooting and killing Lonnie Lambert and shooting and injuring his wife, Nichelle Lambert.

Columbus Police thought Hunter took off after the shooting and was hiding out near Detroit. U.S. Marshals released Hunter’s mugshot as one of “Detroit’s Most Wanted.” Tips later led them to where Hunter was captured.

Columbus Police said a neighborhood dispute led up to the February shooting along Lilley Avenue outside of the victims’ home.

“He took my husband, he took my best friend, he took my family,” Nichelle Lambert said. “We had to totally change our life. Our life is not the same without my husband. I feel like a part of me has gone.”

Nichelle and her husband were only married for about a year. Her daughter witnessed the entire shooting. They have since moved to a different part of the city.

U.S. Marshals plan to transport Hunter to Columbus. He’s expected to be charged with murder and felonious assault.

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