Four men charged with capital murder

Published 12:14 am Friday, April 8, 2011

Police arrested four men late Thursday in connection with the murders of Mark Kelvin Adams and Carla Leann Smilie earlier this week.

The bodies of Adams, 53, and Smilie, 22, were discovered Tuesday evening at Adams’ residence on County Road 7741 near the Needmore community. The couple had been shot to death.

John Contrel Foster, 20, of Troy; Troy Kentrell McClaney, 21, of Union Springs; Marquisse Rashad McClaney, 23, of Troy; and Brandon Jamal Ryles, 21, of Brundidge, were arrested at 11 p.m. Thursday and charged with two counts each of capital murder-robbery. They were being held late Thursday in the Troy City Jail without bond.

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“We know that robbery was a motive,” said Sgt. Benny Scarbrough. “I can tell you that we recovered the firearms that were used in the crime.”

Police had responded to the residence at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a 911 call reporting that individuals had been shot at the residence. “Upon officers’ arrival at the scene, they located the victims in the residence. Both had been shot and were declared dead at the scene,” Scarbrough said.

“I’m not going to comment any further because of the ongoing investigation,” he said.

The investigation is being conducted with the assistance of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit District Attorney’s Office, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, the Ventress Corrections K-9 Unit and the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.