Accused murderer pleads guilty to federal gun charges

Mobile County

News 5 has learned the man accused of killing a young mother is back in jail on federal gun charges.

Kenny Campbell is charged in the murder of 27-year-old Lelia Smith.

Campbell has since pleaded guilty to federal gun charges, according to court documents obtained by News 5.

Smith was found shot dead in her car on Bear Fork Road on March 3rd. Three days later, Mobile Police searched Kenny Campell’s home on Lakeview Drive as part of their investigation.

Officers found four guns and 376 rounds of ammunition in Campbell’s home, according to a federal indictment.

Campbell was convicted of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Crack Cocaine in 1998. Since he is a convicted felon, possessing firearms is illegal.

Federal authorities arrested Campbell on April 6 for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and he was released.

On May 9 he was arrested for Smith’s murder. He bonded out of Mobile Metro Jail two days later.

He pleaded guilty to the federal gun charge on June 18. He was then taken back into federal custody. He’ll remain in jail until his sentencing in September.

Campbell is scheduled to be in court on August 14 for a preliminary hearing on the Murder charge.

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