SHEFFIELD — A woman accused of driving the car that picked up three men involved in a deadly Feb. 22 home invasion is in jail, charged with murder, while police continue to search for a fourth suspect, officials said.
Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray said Monday morning that Kristal Dawn Riddle, 34, North Dixon Street, Tuscumbia, is in the Colbert County Jail on bail of $250,000.
Meanwhile, local and state authorities continue with the search for Fernando “Laylow” King, 31, of Sheffield, who has warrants for murder.
Last week, police arrested Damien Deandre Shipley, 22, 3701 River Road, Lot 16, Muscle Shoals, on capital murder charges, and Donta Omar “Block” Montgomery, 20, of Sheffield, on murder charges. Investigators said Shipley was staying at a Crestline Avenue address in Sheffield when he was taken into custody.
Police said all four are involved in the shooting death of Dorian Cliff Hamilton, 27. He was killed after three masked men broke into a residence at 219 Sterling Blvd., where Hamilton was visiting. A shot was fired while he was trying to close a back bedroom door.
Hamilton, who according to police lived in Muscle Shoals but was staying in the Madison area at the time of the shooting, died at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield about an hour after the shooting.
Detectives said the motive for the shooting was robbery and drug activity.
Authorities said it is believed Shipley fired the fatal shot.
At the time of Shipley’s arrest, Ray said the men had knowledge that drugs were in the residence. Police believe the men went there to rob the people at the residence of the drugs.
Reports indicate officers found marijuana, cocaine and bath salts inside the residence. Police said it is not known if the three men took any drugs.
Reports indicate all three men were masked. Detectives said a 9 mm pistol was recovered during the weekend that is believed to have been used to shoot Hamilton. The weapon has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to be tested.
Other physical evidence, along with ski masks and clothing believed to have been worn during the shooting, has been turned over to forensics to be tested.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.