Edward Love, wanted in Columbus for Jeffrey Morgan's 2012 homicide, captured in Phenix City

tchitwood@ledger-enqurier.comJune 12, 2013 

A team of federal and local authorities raided a Phenix City home Wednesday to capture Edward Trevor Love, the third suspect Columbus police long have sought in the April 6, 2012, robbery and fatal shooting of Jeffrey Morgan at the Sands Apartments on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The precise details of Love's arrest were not immediately available. Phenix City police said it involved their agency, U.S. Marshals and a Columbus police fugitive squad, acting in concert in response to a tip about Love's whereabouts. Love was being booked Wednesday evening into the Russell County Jail.

Phenix City police said Love faces drug and weapons charges there. Columbus police have a warrant charging him with murder in Morgan's death.

The other two suspects were arrested the Sunday after Morgan's Friday homicide. They are Timothy Leshan Robinson and Dana Michael Kessler. They were charged with murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and using a firearm to commit a crime. Kessler also was charged with being a felon with a firearm.

Morgan was 25 years old. At the time of the crime, Robinson was 20, Kessler 25 and Love 19, police said.

Investigators said the shooting stemmed from a prearranged drug deal in the parking lot of the 1213 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. apartments. Robinson set up the drug deal with Morgan, who drove his 2011 Mazda into the lot at 2:25 p.m. that day, police said. Robinson, Kessler and Love arrived moments later in a Mitsubishi, from which two of the three exited and walked to Morgan's vehicle, detectives said.

After a brief exchange, Kessler fired a shot that went through Morgan's upper, right arm and into his chest, police said. Kessler then dragged Morgan from the Mazda, and one suspect drove the Mazda away while the other two left in the Mitsubishi, investigators said. Morgan’s Mazda later was found abandoned nearby on Talley Avenue, they said.

Police found Morgan’s cell phone and discovered a number that led them to Robinson, who admitted being at the apartments to buy drugs, but denied knowing Kessler planned to rob Morgan, detectives said. Kessler told police each suspect knew they were to rob Morgan, officers said.

They said Kessler told them the shooting was unintentional.

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