Man now faces murder charge in college killing


CENTRE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a murder charge has now been filed against a man arrested last week in connection with the theft of a Cedar Bluff woman's car.

The Anniston Star reports ( ) that 37-year-old Vennie Leroy Keaton on Monday was charged with murder in Cherokee County. He's being held at the Cherokee County Jail without bond.

Police began searching for Keaton last week after 32-year-old Melissa Leann Hudgins of Cedar Bluff was found dead Wednesday in a building at the Centre campus of Gadsden State Community College.

U.S. Marshals had arrested Keaton Friday in Cookeville, Tenn., where he was charged with theft of Hudgins' car. It wasn't known early Wednesday whether he has an attorney.

Authorities say Hudgins and Keaton were co-workers with a cleaning company that did work for the college.


Information from: The Anniston Star,

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