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Suspect arrested in Brooks Lane murder


News Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Mobile man remains in the Escambia County Detention Center (ECDC) without bond this week, charged with the July 25 slaying of an Atmore man.
Antonio LeMarcus Pettaway II, who had been sought by authorities since shortly after someone shot 22-year-old Jatyrain Aquamini “Tank” Tolbert to death inside his car, was booked into the county facility last Thursday, August 3, at 4:40 p.m.
The jail website at first listed the charge against him as “non-family-knife,” a domestic violence charge. That was later changed to show he is being held on one count of murder.
District Court Judge Eric Coale denied bond during a hearing held August 4.
Police and emergency medical personnel were sent to the intersection of Brooks Lane and King Street after dispatchers relayed a report of a “wreck with injuries” at that location. They arrived to find the driver of the only vehicle, later identified as Tolbert, had been shot.
The wounded man was rushed to Atmore Community Hospital, but efforts to save his life were in vain. Tolbert’s death marked the city’s 11th shooting incident — and fourth homicide — of 2023.
Police had not announced by Tuesday’s press deadline a motive behind the lethal shooting.
According to a story published by Al.com, Pettaway was out of jail on bond for carrying a firearm onto the campus of Mobile’s Williamson High School in September 2022 when the Atmore shooting occurred.