Murder Suspect Formally Charged

32-year-old Telvin Labenji Gray has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, Starrick Morgan Gray, a teacher, Wednesday. She was shot on the campus of Livingston High School.

"You've got people outside the school family that witnessed this incident at the school," said Livingston Police Chief Ashley Welborn. "The witnesses knew who the suspect was and told us his name."

Welborn said Gray was taken into custody after crashing his car less than an hour after the shooting in nearby Demopolis.

According to Sumter County Sheriff Johnny Hatter, Gray, of Forkland, is said to be a pastor at a church in neighboring Greene County.

Welborn said Starrick Gray, of Fosters, Ala., was shot more than once and that a weapon has been recovered. School officials say she had worked as a special education teacher at Livingston High.

"It was an isolated incident. It was a domestic incident between these two individuals," said Welborn. "It was not related to the school, Livingston High School or related in any way to the University of West Alabama."

At this time, Welborn says Gray is not facing any other charges in Livingston. However, he could face some traffic violations in Demopolis.

The basketball game that was set for last night for Livingston High was canceled. Classes were canceled both Thursday and Friday.

Superintendent Fred Primm said Monday counselors will be at LHS to provide any assistance that faculty or students might need. Police say they will also patrol the area.

The case against Telvin Gray is expected to be presented to a Sumter County grand jury in March.


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