Madison Police confirm new details in Slaughter Road murder investigation

New details in Slaughter Road murder investigation

MADISON, Ala. (WAFF) - New details were released Tuesday related to the investigation of an October 6 murder on Slaughter Road.

Jonathan Stephens remains in the Madison County Jail charged with the murder of Anthony Baker last Tuesday morning.

According to police, Stephens and Baker were known associates. John Stringer with the Madison Police Department told WAFF an alleged altercation occurred resulting in the victim’s death. Narcotics are suspected to be involved.

The Madison Police Department released a statement related to this investigation on Wednesday:

The Madison Police Department has made an arrest in a murder investigation that occurred on October 6, 2020.

Madison Police, along with Huntsville Police, responded to the 200 block of Slaughter Road, near a railroad crossing where a deceased subject was discovered. It appeared the subject had been shot. The deceased was later identified as Michael Anthony Baker, 32 years old, of Huntsville.

Madison Police Detectives learned that the shooting had occurred at an address on Larry Drive in Madison and developed a suspect, Jonathan Taylor Stephens, 38 years old, of Madison. Detectives learned that Stephens was at the Charles Motel in Meridianville, where he was taken into custody by members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.

MPD Detectives learned that the victim and the suspect were known associates and the shooting was the result of an altercation between the two. Narcotics are suspected to be a factor.

The MPD is thankful for and acknowledges the contributions of our area law enforcement partners who assisted in this investigation to include: Huntsville Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, and the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Recovery Task Force.

This individual was arrested based upon probable cause and is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

WAFF will continue to follow the investigation of this case.

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