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1 in custody, another to turn self in after Guntersville teen's death

Jason Richards (Source: Facebook) Jason Richards (Source: Facebook)
Ryan Anthony Fitch (Source: Albertville Police Department) Ryan Anthony Fitch (Source: Albertville Police Department)

Albertville police say one person is in custody in the case of a teen killed in Marshall County.

Police arrested Ryan Anthony Fitch,18, for his involvement in Jason Richards' death. They have also identified a 17-year-old boy wanted in connection to Richards' death and are working to extradite him back to Marshall County. 

Fitch has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.  

Fifteen-year-old Jason Richards' body was found in May in the Langston community. Authorities positively identified his body on May 21. The forensics lab determined the cause of death was a single gunshot wound.

Police say Richards' death was caused by an unintentional gunshot wound to the head from a .25 caliber handgun held by Fitch. 

Police say after Richards suffered the gunshot wound at a home on Miller Street, Fitch and the teen panicked. Instead of calling 911 they took Richards' body to Lois Lane in the Langston community and dumped it. 

Police say the charges against Fitch and his accomplice stem from the actions taken after the shooting and not the shooting itself. 

Fitch will be transferred to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department where he will be held on $90,000 in bonds.

The juvenile involved could face similar charges in the coming days as police determine whether to charge him as a juvenile or adult. 

Richards had been missing since Feb. 8 when he was last seen in the parking lot of a Zaxby's in Guntersville. Governor Bentley's office offered a $5,000 reward in April to anyone who had information that could lead to an arrest in the case.

Richards' family expressed their need for closure when his death remained a mystery more than a month after he was found. Tuesday, they said the ordeal had been extremely taxing on all involved.

"We're glad that my son is seeing some justice for what went on," said the victim's father, Chris Richards. "We feel bad for the families of these guys, but, you know, it's been bad for everybody."

The juvenile involved is expected to turn himself in later this week.

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