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Son of St. Clair County DA shot and killed in Moody

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Tuesday, a car weaved off of Kelly Creek road in Moody and hit a utility pole near the Valero gas station near Interstate 20. A Moody police officer went to the scene of what he thought was a traffic accident and found Nicholas Sloan Harmon, age 20, in the seat dead from a gunshot wound.

Harmon is the son of St. Clair County District Attorney Lyle Harmon (R).

St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell (R) said that Sloan was still buckled into his seat when he was found.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation and Alabama State Troopers were at the crime scene on Wednesday.

St. Clair County Sheriff Billy Murray (R) said that two persons of interest are in custody; but declined to release their identities at a press conference on Wednesday. Murray did say that one of those two was well known to law enforcement.

Murray said that this was a complex investigation with multiple crime scenes.

More information is expected to be released today.

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Nicholas Harmon had just finished basic training and had been accepted into the U.S. Army’s flight school to fly helicopters like his father.

Sheriff Murray said that he was a bright young man full of promise.

Lyle Harmon was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey (R) earlier this year after former DA Richard Minor was elected to the Criminal Court of Appeals.

The senior Harmon was a former Assistant DA and is the veteran of multiple military deployments including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lyle Harmon is well known by all the senior staff at the Alabama Political Reporter and we have deep sadness at this loss for Lyle and the whole Harmon family.

(Original reporting by the St. Clair Times contributed to this report.)

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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