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June 9, 2014

Cullman man charged with murder in Berlin shooting

BERLIN —

A Cullman man has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting into a local gas station, then driving to a man’s home and killing him Sunday night.

Jay Maynor, 41, of Cullman has been arrested and charged with the murder of 59-year-old Berlin resident Raymond Earl Brooks. He was arrested by Alabama State Troopers shortly after the shooting occurred. Brooks was a convicted sex offender.

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office initially responded to a call regarding gunfire at the Berlin Plaza Quick Stop on U.S. Highway 278 at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday night, then followed Maynor’s trail to Brooks’ nearby residence at 4340 U.S. Highway 278 East.

“We responded to the Berlin Plaza Quick Stop where witnesses told deputies a male subject pulled up on a motorcycle before shooting the store’s window. After the would be victim was able to elude the shooter, the suspect then drove off and went to the residence of Raymond Earl Brooks,” sheriff Mike Rainey said in a press release. “At this time we are still investigating both crime scenes, the one at the store and at Mr. Brooks’ residence. We just ask that the public stay patient as our investigators work to piece together the events which took place Sunday night.”

Maynor was apprehended by Alabama State Trooper Anthony Peebles, who was responding to the call when the suspect reportedly pulled out in front of him.

“I want to extend a personal thank you to Trooper Anthony Peebles for his quick response and apprehension of the suspect,” Rainey said.

Maynor is currently being held at the Cullman County Detention Center, and has been charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling. Rainey said he hopes additional interviews with Maynor can shed some light on the motivations that led to the shooting.

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