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April 2, 2013

Suspect in custody in relation to Fairview shooting

Man charged with aiding or abetting

The identity of a suspect arrested in connection to the murder of a Hispanic man at a Fairview trailer park has been confirmed by authorities.

Manuel Morales, 27, has been charged with aiding or abetting the person who allegedly shot and killed Emilio Mendez early Saturday afternoon.

Morales is in custody at the Cullman Detention Center on a $60,000 bond. Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said other charges could be added. Officials are still questioning witnesses of the shooting which occurred Saturday afternoon.

Authorities had previously stated the shooting occurred following an altercation on Friday that continued into Saturday. Local and state law enforcement agencies spent the weekend searching for a suspect, who has still not been identified.

That suspect was last seen in a black Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck immediately following the shooting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fairview Trailer Park. Rainey said that law enforcement agencies across the nation were notified of the shooting and the suspect.

Rainey said that the investigation is still ongoing and they cannot release anymore information at this time.

Lauren Estes can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 270 or at

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