Somerville murder suspect turns self in to sheriff

Published: Feb. 23, 2015 at 10:32 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2015 at 3:10 AM CST
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Police were called to an area near the Somerville Post Office. (Source: WAFF)
Police were called to an area near the Somerville Post Office. (Source: WAFF)
(Source: WAFF)
(Source: WAFF)

SOMERVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Morgan County Sheriff's Office confirms a man suspected of murder turned himself in late Monday night.

It regards a fatal shooting that happened around 4 p.m. Monday at a home on Broad Street in Somerville, just off Highway 67, near the post office.

Officials said Chad Anthony Lorance of Hartselle was shot as the result of some sort of argument, and died of his injuries.

Investigators said they developed enough probable cause to obtain a warrant for the arrest of Gregory Bryan Crow of Somerville. They said Crow fled the scene before authorities arrived.

A manhunt was soon initiated, with law enforcement agencies as far north as Ohio, where Crow has ties, notified of his status as a wanted suspect.

Crow is familiar with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office: his rap sheet includes charges of domestic violence and robbery.

"If he is out there, he needs to come in and talk to me about what happened," said Sheriff Ana Franklin, "so we can get his side of the story. We don't want anyone else to get hurt tonight. We don't want anything to happen to anyone else."

Just after 10 p.m. Monday, the sheriff's office issued an update, saying that Gregory Crow turned himself in to the sheriff without incident.

A footnote: Torance's brother, Jeremy, was fatally shot in January 2014. Jeremy's neighbor, Steven Childers, was arrested for Jeremy's murder. Childers is out on bond, awaiting trial.

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