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No timetable’ in Tavern death probe

News Staff Writer

Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks said this week APD investigators are taking their time, trying to make sure all the “i’s” are dotted, and the “t’s” crossed before securing murder warrants in the beating death of Kenneth Harrison.
The 45-year-old Baldwin County man struck and killed 24-year-old Poarch resident Hannah Martin August 5 with his car as she crossed U.S. 31 outside The Tavern of Atmore. He was beaten with fists and pool cues when he got out of his car to see if he could help the mortally injured woman and died four days later in an area hospital.
“The easiest part of our job is putting handcuffs on somebody,” said Brooks in response to social media comments criticizing the police effort to identify those responsible for Harrison’s death and bring them to justice. “We are thoroughly investigating and collecting evidence. We don’t want to violate anybody’s rights, and we do not have a timetable.”
He said city police detectives are doing their due diligence.
“Many search warrants are being executed,” he said. “When we get the results from those, we feel like we will have enough probable cause. A lot of manhours are going into this. It’s a tragic situation, and we will make an arrest or arrests when we have enough probable cause.”