Ozark man found dead; potential murder investigation underway

OZARK, Ala. - After a man was found dead in an Ozark apartment, a potential murder investigation and a search for the killer begins.

The Ozark Police Department received a call around 2 a.m. Monday of a gunshot at Ozark Estate apartments, but officers did not find anything or anyone out of place.

"We received a call in the wee hours of the morning somewhere around two o'clock that someone heard a gunshot," Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said. "A routine patrol car came out and drove through the area and did not see anyone out or anyone in the area."

Monday morning, around 10:30, the OPD received another call from the area, this time of an unresponsive man at the apartments after a neighbor had seen an apartment door ajar and looked inside.

Upon arrival, officers and EMS personnel determined that 33-year-old Cornelius Crittendon had suffered a gunshot wound early Monday morning, leaving him dead. 

"At this point in time we do not have any suspects, but we have spoken to many witnesses and expect to have a suspect in the near future," Walker said. 

Crittendon's mother, Brenda Crittendon, told WDHN that she will pray for whoever took her son's life.

"It is going to hurt and it's going to continue to hurt some more, but I will pray for whoever did it, I pray that God saves their soul," his mother said. 

She believes that God is giving her the strength to make it through this hard time.

"God has prepared me for this, my pastor prayed over us on Sunday, me and my husband, so he had already given us the strength for this day."

She recounted the last moments she spent with her son.

"We were at my nieces birthday and he was joking and then he said "Mommy I love you." He told me he loved me, so it's really touching to know that he knew his mom loved him too."

Crittendon's body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy. A preliminary report is expected back by Friday to determine if this was in fact murder. 

The investigation is ongoing, and if you have any information on the case you are urged to call the Ozark Police Department at 334-445-6122

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