Arrest has been made in 6-month-old murder investigation - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Arrest has been made in 6-month-old murder investigation

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - There are new developments in a 6-month-old murder investigation.     

An arrest has been made and the suspect is someone you may have seen on WAFF 48 News more than once.     

28-year-old Tavares Fletcher was already in jail on attempted murder charges when he was arrested Tuesday in connection to another murder.   

Police say Fletcher killed Jerry Richard by shooting him this past August.     

His widow has spent the past 6-months doing whatever she could to keep this case in the spotlight.     

Police say Richard and 2 co-workers were doing contract work at the Regions Bank on South Memorial Parkway around midnight on August 8th of last year when they were approached by a gunman.     

That man demanded valuables, but Richard had none.     

That's when police say the gunman shot Richard in the chest.     

Richard died later at Huntsville Hospital.     

Tavares Fletcher has now been charged with capital murder and is being held without bond.     

Richard's widow Karen tells us she got word Tuesday morning, and her entire family is relieved.

"They're excited about it," said Karen. "That there's finally going to be something done about it and they've cried, just like I have this morning. I broke down and cried but I'm just hoping that this guy will pay for what he's done."     

Fletcher was already being held in connection with the shooting and attempted robbery of popular huntsville gymnastics teacher Margaret Hall on January 27th this year.     

Fletcher faces an attempted murder and robbery charge in that case.     

Richard says she will be a fixture in the courtroom for every hearing in this case in honor of her slain husband.

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