MPD Charges Suspect in Homicide


MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Police Department has charged a suspect in the homicide of 47-year-old Clifford Cummings, who died from wounds he received in an Oct. 20 shooting. Cummings was pronounced dead at Baptist Medical Center South, where he had been receiving treatment since the shooting.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 100 block of Howard Street at about 11:30 p.m. in reference to a subject shot. Upon arrival, they located Cummings and a second adult male who had sustained gunshot wounds. Both subjects were transported to Baptist Medical Center South; Cummings was transported in life-threatening condition, the second subject in non-life-threatening condition. The initial investigation indicates the shooting stemmed from an altercation. Further investigation identified Anthony Obanion, 54, of Montgomery as a suspect.

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, MPD charged Obanion with one count of murder. Obanion had previously been charged with two counts of first-degree assault following the Oct. 20 shooting. Following Cummings’ death one of the assault charges was upgraded to murder. Obanion was taken back into custody Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. Following his arrest he was transported to the Montgomery County Detention Facility, where he was being held under bonds totaling $150,000.

Note:  A criminal charge is an accusation.  The defendant is assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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