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Auburn homicide suspect confesses to murder

Gregory Gray, Jr. Gregory Gray, Jr.

Auburn Police have initiated a homicide investigation for a death that occurred at Garden District Apartments on Dec. 17. The complex is mainly used as housing for Auburn University students.

The victim has been identified as Richard Kenneth DeVore, 24, of Auburn.

On Dec. 18, Gregory Gray Jr., 22, was arrested and charged with his murder. According to police, the suspect and victim were friends. They say Gray stabbed and beat DeVore to death. According to court documents, Gray confessed to killing DeVore.

The suspect is the son of Dean Gregory Gray Sr., a dean at Tuskegee University.

Police responded to a call just after 9 p.m. They found DeVore unresponsive with apparent injuries inside the residence located in the 100 Block of E. University Drive. The preliminary investigation determined that the victim was deceased.

Devore had suffered injuries to his body; however, police will not say if they were inflicted by a gun, knife or other weapon.

The body has been transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Montgomery for autopsy.

"This was not a random act there is no issue with public safety, to surrounding neighborhoods or tenants," said Captain Lorenza Dorsey with the Auburn Police Department. "We feel confident in the direction this is going feel like we should make good progress and bring it to a conclusion."

Captain Dorsey says police have spoken with witnesses and interviewed individuals regarding the homicide. He will not say who called police for help or if anyone else was inside the apartment when the body was found.

Neighbors tell us Devore was a student at Tuskegee University, but police could not confirm that information.

A motive for the death is still being determined.

Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, the State Medical Examiner's Office and the Lee County Coroner's Office are assisting the Auburn Police Department in the investigation.

Anyone with information on the case should call the Auburn Police Detective Division at (334)501-3140.  

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