Houston County murder suspect in custody

Benjamin Adam Nowell was located between County Road 22 and 11 near Headland. | Courtesy: RSN
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 3:29 PM CDT
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HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - News4 has learned that the suspect wanted in a Thursday morning murder is now in police custody.

Sources tell News4 Benjamin Adam Nowell was located between County Road 22 and 11 near Headland. Nowell is accused of murdering 29-year-old Brittany Phillips.

Saw law enforcement agencies assisted in Nowell’s capture. Jackson County was one of those agencies.

Once JCSO K-9 Tracking Unit was on the scene, a track was established in Houston County, and after tracking Nowell for nearly six miles, Henry County received a 9-1-1 call from a citizen stating that Nowell had approached their residence.

According to Jackson County investigators, a track was established at that residence, which continued approximately another mile, where Nowell was located attempting to conceal himself in a wooded area.

Sheriff Edenfield says he is proud to have resources that not only benefit our community but that can keep our entire region safe.

“With the implementation of the K-9 Tracking Unit, we have been able to apprehend many dangerous individuals in and around Jackson County. Today {Thursday} showed that partnerships with other agencies are critical in providing superior public safety and a dangerous criminal was stopped in his tracks,” he said.

Benjamin Adam Nowell was taken into custody without incident and was extradited to Houston County, where charges are pending.

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