CLARKE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A south Alabama man and a juvenile have been charged with the murder of Tiffany Kelley.
20-year-old X’Zavier Kamontae Scott and his girlfriend, a juvenile, were captured in Clarke County, Alabama on Tuesday. On Thursday, Huntsville police announced they obtained capital murder warrants against both of them.
Police say Scott and his 16-year-old girlfriend were in Huntsville for about two weeks before Kelley’s murder. Scott’s girlfriend ran away from home with him and they somehow ended up in north Alabama.
Sgt. Jack Pugh has been one of the lead investigators on this case. When speaking with Scott, he said he lacked remorse for this crime. Pugh asked Scott why he killed Kelley instead of just letting her go and then stealing her vehicle. To which Scott reportedly responded that the plan was to kill her.
Scott and his girlfriend traveled to Clarke County and stayed at Scott’s cousin’s home. Those individuals knew nothing about their involvement in Kelley’s murder.
Authorities say a knife was recovered. The pair did try to clean the car, but there is still some evidence left behind.
It’s unclear if the recovered weapon was used to kill Kelley.
Authorities were searching for Scott, who was believed to be accompanied by his girlfriend. Just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sheriff Ray Norris said they were both in his custody and heading to the county jail. He could not go into further details on the capture, but said Scott is likely to be extradited to Huntsville.
Huntsville police reported on Thursday that Scott and the juvenile would remain in the Clarke County Jail until arrangements are made for their transfer to Madison County. They now report that Scott and his accomplice have been booked into the Madison County Jail.
Kelley was found stabbed to death on Green Cove Road in South Huntsville Saturday night. Her body was left in the road and her car was stolen.
Huntsville police have been working closely with Norris and sharing information with his agency.
The victim’s car was also located in Clarke County.
“We discovered that they had cleaned the car up with a lot of cleaning supplies to get all of the fingerprints off it and tried to get all of the blood out of it. We have a big crime scene area there. We’re not sure who all was involved in the cleaning up of the vehicle. It was hidden behind an old abandoned business in a very rural area,” Norris said.
It is still unknown exactly why Scott and his girlfriend were in the Huntsville area on the night Kelley was killed. The girlfriend, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, claimed that she had been kidnapped by Scott and that he had killed a woman in Huntsville.
“Huntsville Police would like to thank Sheriff Norris and all other agencies involved for their cooperation in the capture of X’Zavier Scott and his juvenile accomplice,” HPD said in a press release. "This is a great example of information sharing between multiple agencies leading to a swift apprehension of violent offenders. Our Major Crimes investigators have been working diligently, around the clock, to bring this criminal investigation to a peaceful resolution. "
Norris said Scott was spotted in the victim’s stolen car near his hometown in Clarke County shortly before noon Tuesday. He said they were spotted by a citizen, who Scott’s girlfriend reached out to and said her boyfriend had killed someone in Huntsville. Scott then reportedly forced her back into the car and drove off.
Norris said they worked with the Huntsville Police Department to connect Scott to Kelley’s murder. He said HPD has been very cooperative and provided evidence linking Scott to the crime.
“It’s all tied together pretty good today,” Norris said.
Norris said they got information Tuesday evening that Scott had warrants for interference with custody. The warrants are possibly from Jackson, Alabama and pertain to his girlfriend, a juvenile.
Huntsville police investigators made their way to Clarke County on Wednesday to question Scott and his girlfriend.
Kelley’s family applauded the efforts of law enforcement to track the couple down. Patches Ford, Kelley’s aunt, said the victim went to pick up a few things at the store Saturday night around the corner from her house. She was last seen at the Dollar General on South Memorial Parkway across from Farley Elementary around 7:15 p.m.
By 8 p.m., she was found dead, lying in the middle of Green Cove Road.
Surveillance video shows her talking to two people outside the store before her car pulls out of frame.
According to Kelley’s relatives, Scott and his girlfriend, who is reportedly pregnant, at the Dollar General when she pulled up. They believe they asked her for help and for a ride and she said yes, so the couple got in her car.
“If she was someone in need, especially a pregnant woman, she would have done anything in her power to help her,” said Ashley Perry, the victim’s sister.
As she started to drive back towards her home off Green Cove Road, family members say things went horribly wrong. Kelley was stabbed multiple times and thrown out of the car. The couple then drove off in her vehicle, leaving her on the road with fatal injuries. A passerby spotted her and called 911. Patches Ford says nearby surveillance cameras captured Kelley being forced out of her own car and the duo speeding away. In the footage, she can be seen trying to raise up before collapsing from her stab wounds.
Her family is devastated and remembering Kelley as a loving and caring woman who will be greatly missed by those who knew her.
Friends are making decals and T-shirts to help with funeral costs.
On Wednesday night, family members and friends honored Kelley with a touching memorial on Green Cove Road, gathering at the spot where she was found.
They thanked the public, the media and law enforcement for getting key information out that helped lead to major developments in the investigation.
Holding onto each other for support, they set out a cross and flowers out on the side of the road.
“She’s an Auburn fan so I had to get some Auburn colors and I made a cross and painted it,” Ashley Perry said.
For Kelley’s father, Chris Ford, it has been extremely difficult to cope with her loss.
“She was a big part of our lives. She held us together. She was by baby, my middle child. Everybody’s hearts are broken but we have to try to stand strong for Tiffany,” he stated. “Right now we’re trying to pull it together because we have to do it for her. Knowing that they captured these people is a weight lifted off our shoulders, at least we know that they didn’t get away.”
He added that family members would begin making funeral arrangements on Thursday.
“I thank everyone who helped share information and played a part in this more than you know because I think if we didn’t have such an outpouring of support, we would not have caught the people so quickly. They might not have ever been caught,” Ford said. “Next thing we’re looking for is justice.”