Bellwood Fugitive Captured

A Geneva County fugitive has been arrested near Andalusia.

Phenico "Phenix" Hornsby was the object of an intense manhunt that began last Thursday morning in Bellwood.

At the time, he was accused of savagely attacking a woman with a pipe and burning her house to the ground.

But then Friday, during the search for Hornsby, the body of another woman was found in a wooded area.

Authorities say that 50-year-old Jewell Bingham knew Hornsby.

Monday morning, Hornsby was reportedly spotted riding a 4-wheeler in Covington County.

Law enforcement officers chased him down near Andalusia.

Investigators are expected to transport Hornsby to the Geneva County Jail later.

He faces murder and attempted murder charges.

News 4 is on the scene and we will have more details as information becomes available.


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  • by Brandi Location: FL on Jul 3, 2007 at 08:36 PM
    TO all the officers my family Thanks You!! Your persistence paid off. The time of the capture could not have come at a better time. It was only minutes after we laid my mother to rest. She is better now. We have been blessed with so many friends and family, all the prayers have made a difference. We will now get the answers that our family needs to complete her tragic death. I hope that she will not be rembered for the way she died but for who she was. Caring, loving, compasionate, friendly, her smile and her laughter. She was there for anyone and everyone that ever needed her. May God Bless you all and thank you again to all that were involved. Brandi Bingham- Jewel E. Bingham's daughter
  • by Loretta Location: USA on Jul 3, 2007 at 09:05 AM
    Carla is my sister and she is doing well. The kids are well also were all glad he was caught now the community can get back to a somewhat normal state. Thank you for all your prayers and the police for his capture.
  • by Nicole Location: USA on Jul 2, 2007 at 11:55 PM
    I'm glad Phenice Hornsby was captured with no one else getting hurt. I pray God has mercy on his soul, if what he is accused of is true. I can't speculate on what happened to Jewel I wasn't there. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family. May Jewel Rest In Peace. Now at least the Geneva County Community can rest. Now that Mr. Hornsby is behind bars where he belongs. To the public just remember JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!!! Let the LAW handled it from now own. They are doing a pretty good job at it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Hartford on Jul 2, 2007 at 05:21 PM
    As I stood and watched Jewel be put to rest next to my mother this morning, I prayed that this man would be caught as soon as possible. And the good Lord above answered all of our prayers. To have to watch my step father have to bury his sister next to his wife was one of the hardest things to do in my life but with knowing that Hornsby has been caught, we as a family and a community will be able to sleep a little better tonight.
  • by Martin tolver Location: Geneva Al on Jul 2, 2007 at 03:59 PM
    I know that the law enforcement officers did a goo job by staying on the search and followering up on all the leads that came in to them. Well done my to all that work around the clock to catch this man and nobody else was hurt. Again well done and my hat is off to all of you
  • by DeeAnn Location: Hartford on Jul 2, 2007 at 03:53 PM
    Thankfully this is over, now the people of Geneva County can rest now. Thank you to all the law officers that help to capture Mr Hornsby. Jewell was a very nice person may she rest in peace, my prayers go to the family.
  • by Anita Location: Hartford on Jul 2, 2007 at 03:33 PM
    I'm glad they caught that Hornsby fella. I hate what he did to Jewel. I only knew her just a little but what I knew of her she was a real sweet heart. My heart goes out to her family, and anyone who knew her. And I thank God to all that had something to do with this capture. As for the women that was beaten I do not know her at all, and my heart goes out to her and her family. Please some one tell me what kinds of things they need, and the size of cloths they wear. I'm sure I can find some things for them before I drop off to the mission. Email me please
  • by Anonymous Location: Geneva on Jul 2, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    IT IS ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you God!
  • by Lisa Brown Location: Geneva on Jul 2, 2007 at 12:39 PM
    Hi all Thank you Lord Mr Hornby has been capture,Carla and her children are so very thankful,to everone that has helped her and her children ,from law enforcment ,family and friends .I DO WISH YOU ALL MANY BLESSINGS AND LONG LIFE FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR THIS SWEET FAMILY.Thank you all.
  • by jenora hutcherson Location: boston on Jul 2, 2007 at 12:03 PM
    thank goodness this is over iam so happy i hate that jewel had to loose her life in this but maybe my friensd will be at rest to her mother my heart goes out to u may God bless you and your family rest in peace jewel
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