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Suspects in Maldonado murder case identified

Developments related to the death of Jenita Rose Maldonado led authorities to two suspects on Tuesday, Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson confirmed.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 11:38 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Wednesday authorities identified the two suspects arrested in connection with the death of Jenita Rose Maldonado.

Laura Lovequist  and John Wayne Sutton have been arrested in connection to the death of Jenita...
Laura Lovequist and John Wayne Sutton have been arrested in connection to the death of Jenita Maldonado.(Source: Dale County Jail, Shelby County Jail)

Dale County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mason Bynum in a press release:

Laura Lovequist has been charged with Murder and is in the Dale County Jail awaiting her 1st appearance.

John Wayne Sutton has been charged with Murder and is currently in the Shelby County Jail on unrelated charges. He will be extradited back to Dale County and formally charged at a later date.

Human remains found in Dale County on June 3, 2021 have been identified as 29-year-old Jenita...
Human remains found in Dale County on June 3, 2021 have been identified as 29-year-old Jenita Rose Maldonado.(Source: Dale County Sheriff's Office)

DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - A woman found dead this month is now believed to be a murder victim.

Developments related to the death of Jenita Rose Maldonado led authorities to two suspects on Tuesday, Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson confirmed.

He would not immediately provide specifics of those developments that resulted in the murder arrest of at least one suspect, a woman believed to be an acquaintance of Maldonado.

After charging her, investigators traveled to another Alabama county to interview a man also suspected, per Olson.

As of late Tuesday, he had not been charged.

Maldonado’s body was found June 3 near Dale County Road 20, about 10 miles southeast of Ozark. Dental records confirmed her identity.

It first appeared that she had taken her own life, according to Olson.

From Montgomery, the 29-year-old woman most recently resided in the Jack area of Coffee County.

Additional information is expected later Wednesday.

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