Two arrested for Maldonado's murder

Laura Lovequist

Two people have been charged with the murder of a woman found dead in a wooded area off of South County Road 20 in Dale County June 3.

Laura Lovequist and John Wayne Sutton have been charged with the murder of Jenita Rose Maldonado, 29, of Montgomery, according to Dale County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mason Bynum.

“Based on the information available at the time, her death was ruled a suicide,” Bynum said. “A short time later we noticed some inconsistencies in some of the developing information and continued to work it as a death investigation. Over the last 24 hours two suspects were developed and have since been charged with murder.

“We would like to thank the Shelby County Sheriff’s office for their assistance,” Bynum said. “I can’t stress enough how important it was for the public to come forward with different pieces of information that investigators were able to put together and bring justice for the victim.”

Lovequist is in the Dale County Jail awaiting her first court appearance.

Sutton is currently in the Shelby County Jail on unrelated drug-related charges and is being returned to Dale County.

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