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Russell County murder suspect returning to Alabama

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Christian Grissom is on his way back to Alabama to face a murder charge after the death of his 19-year-old cousin. Christian Grissom is on his way back to Alabama to face a murder charge after the death of his 19-year-old cousin.
RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. -

Christian Grissom, accused of murdering his second cousin Keonte Chavis before fleeing to New York, is on his way back to Alabama, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells WRBL News 3. Grissom is accused of killing 19-year-old Chavis early Friday morning before fleeing to his mother's house in Ultser County, New York.

Keonte Chavis, 19, was reported missing Friday morning after disappearing while out Christian Grissom, the sheriff said. Family members say Grissom, 29, arrived home alone after an afternoon and night out with Chavis, telling their grandparents he had dropped her off hours earlier. He went with them to file the missing persons report with Phenix City police before fleeing the state.

Investigators say Grissom strangled his cousin early Thursday and dumped her body in the woods instead of dropping her off in a South Phenix City neighborhood like he claimed. Taylor says he then fled to New York, and was, in fact, on the run from a prior domestic violence charge in Florida. Taylor reports there is a warrant for Grissom in Jacksonville, where he failed to appear for a court hearing.

On Monday, family members told WRBL News 3's Jessi Mitchell they suspected Grissom was involved in Chavis' disappearance and death.

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