Two wanted murder suspects were arrested and narcotics seized on June 30 after a Conyers Police officer spotted a vehicle with fogged windows in the parking lot of Motel 6, 1351 Dogwood Drive,
Police arrested Brian Simpson, 38, of Huntsville, Alabama. He was wanted for a triple shooting that left one man dead on May 31, 2017 in Huntsville. Police also arrested Kirk Mitchell, 42, who was wanted out of Los Angeles, CA for a murder that occurred on Dec. 29, 2007.
Officer Kelli Behrend was on routine patrol that Friday night when she observed the passenger exit the vehicle and immediately retreat to a room, ignoring her commands.
Behrend encountered the driver, smelled marijuana and requested K9 to assist with the investigation. Meanwhile, additional officers arrived at the scene and observed the male passenger and two females inside the motel room. Ultimately, one of the females answered the door. The male had to be retrieved from his hiding spot in the bathroom.
Three quart-sized bags each containing about 100 tablets of suspected MDMA or “ecstasy” were located inside the room and K9 Eddie alerted that there were also narcotics inside the vehicle. K9 Eddie’s handler, Officer Scruggs, and Officer Ferrell located marijuana and a handgun in the trunk. A check of the pistol revealed that it was stolen out of Winder, Georgia in 2008.
After both men were fingerprinted, it was revealed they were wanted for two separate murders, nearly 10 years apart.
The passenger who hid in the bathroom was identified as Brian Simpson, charged in Huntsville with murder, attempted murder and first-degree assault. Simpson allegedly fatally shot Ladarius Turner, 26, and injured two others during a triple shooting in May.
The driver was identified as Kirk Mitchell. He fled the Los Angeles area after shooting and killing 65-year- old Louis Charles Mingo of Lawndale, California in an underground parking garage of the victim’s apartment complex in 2007.