For nearly 24 hours, he was on the run. Saturday evening, Jerry Allen White-Smith was taken into custody in Montgomery County.
Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff's Office had been looking for White-Smith, 24, since Friday evening. That's when they believe he shot and killed 31-year-old Nicholas Dontee Simpson in his home on the corner of Mathis Meadows and Dove Lane.
Simpson's family members say he was on the phone Friday evening just after 10 p.m. when he heard a knock at the door.
The person on the phone heard Simpson open the door.
"They heard a struggle going on so they notified a co-worker of his and told him to go check on him," said Christal Turner, Simpson's cousin. "They came in and discovered that he was laying on the floor, unconscious."
Madison County Sheriff's investigators say Simpson died from a single gun shot wound.
Family members say the killer then ransacked the house before taking off in Simpson's 1989 Jaguar with high dollar rims.
"They stole his car. I mean, you kill a man for his car? Get a job, get you some money and then get you a car," said Turner.
Simpson was a pipe layer for an oil company. He leaves behind a daughter, a young son and stepson.
Other family members are calling this a senseless crime.
"If they wanted the car they could have just said look here man, give us your car, you know they had already jumped on him or whatever else went on up in there, but they didn't have to shoot and kill him," said Turner.
The sheriff's office says Simpson's car was recovered in Huntsville. They believe an accomplice helped White-Smith make it to Montgomery County, where authorities from that county made the arrest.
They believe the shooting was drug related.
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