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North Alabama hunt nabs 13 wanted people

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A weeklong fugitive hunt by a federal task force has led to the capture of 13 people on charges including homicide and first-degree rape, officials said.

The U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force started the holiday roundup of violent offenders Dec. 18.

Marty Keely, U.S. marshal for northern Alabama, said this time of the year is good for such roundups because fugitives are more likely to drop their guard during the week leading up to Christmas as they are absorbed with the holidays.

“It’s to our advantage,” Keely said. “We wanted to make a little lick prior to Christmas.”

Eddie King Jr., who was wanted for failure to appear on a manslaughter charge, was among those who were arrested in the roundup.

King ran into his mother’s Birmingham home when taskforce members arrived to arrest him. He emerged after a short standoff and was taken into police custody.

King was wanted in the shooting death of Lynn Evans, 19, who was found dead on June 23, 2001. Johnny Williams, who is accused of killing Ricky Hale, 25, on Nov. 17, was arrested Thursday.

Ten others were arrested for charges including first-degree sodomy, first-degree assault, second-degree sexual abuse, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and drug trafficking.

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