UPDATE (12:10 p.m.) - Following the homicide Thursday night on Rothfield Place, homicide detectives with Mobile Police interviewed Deon Johnson on Friday about the crime. After the interview, detectives arrested Johnson and charged him with murder.
Johnson is currently sitting in Mobile Metro Jail awaiting a court appearance.
Despite the arrest, homicide detectives are still investigating a possible motive for the murder. If you have any information about the death of the 26-year-old man on Rothfield Place, you are encouraged to contact Mobile Police at (251) 208-7211.
Johnson is well known in coastal Alabama. He was formerly a commit to the Alabama Football program and a star wide receiver at Spanish Fort High School before being charged with second-degree rape and sodomy in 2012.
Johnson was suspended for his senior season at Spanish Fort and Alabama pulled his scholarship offer.
For the past four years, Johnson has been a registered sex offender.
ORIGINAL STORY - On Thursday, September 29, at approximately 9:13 p.m. officers responded to the 2400 block of Rothfield Place to a report of a person shot.
Officers located a 26-year-old man inside the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
Mobile Police Homicide Detectives are investigating a possible motive. Anyone with information is asked to call Mobile Police at (251) 208-7211, CrimeStoppers at (251) 208-7000, or text Mobile Police Intel at CRIMES (274637) and include the keyword "CRIME411."