Murder suspect in custody

Published 11:02 pm Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The hunt for a suspect in a fatal weekend shooting has ended after the suspect turned himself in to law enforcement officers late Monday evening, ending a short but intense manhunt following Sunday’s deadly altercation.

Sgt. Mike Granthum with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said Selma resident Steven Blake, 40, 4915 Highway 80 East Lot 34 C, turned himself in late Monday evening.

“He made contact with a lawyer out of town, in Montgomery, who called us and said that said their client wanted to turn themselves in at this time,” Granthum said. “That was it. No altercation or anything.”

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Granthum said Blake is being held in the Dallas County Jail with no bond and is facing a capital murder charge for the shooting death of Selma resident Kennedy Henderson.

Henderson was shot and killed Sunday afternoon while sitting in his car on Keesler Drive on Craig Field in Selma.

According to Granthum, Blake confronted Henderson after hearing Henderson harassed Blake’s son, at which point the argument became heated.

“Mr. Blake confronted him about harassing his son,” Granthum said. “A verbal altercation broke out, and, by witness’ account, Blake pulled out a weapon fired one time and hit him in the left side just under his armpit.”

Henderson fled the scene in his vehicle, but did not make it far before being overcome by his injuries.

“He tried to drive himself to the emergency room, by all indications, and he did not make it off of Craig Field,” Granthum said.

He said capital murder charges are automatic pressed against a shooter if either the suspect, or their victim, are located in an automobile at the time of the shooting.