Auburn Police have charged a man in connection with a murder and kidnapping case.
Virginia police arrested 38-year-old Derrill Richard “Rick” Ennis on Monday. He’s being charged with capital murder (burglary) and capital murder (kidnapping).
The Auburn police report says the Lee County Grand Jury indictments and arrest of Ennis come from an ongoing investigation by Auburn Police and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Cold Case Unit into the disappearance of Lori Ann Slesinski in June 2006.
Police say on June 13, 2006, a missing person report was filed with Auburn Police after Lori hadn’t been heard from in several days, couldn’t be reached by family members and hadn’t reported to work.
They go on to say that a day later on June 14, her vehicle, a 2005 Mazda Tribute, was found in flames at the dead end of DeKalb Street.
The police report says Ennis, who was a friend at the time, became a person of interest in the case. After being questioned by police, he abruptly moved from Auburn.
The Auburn Police Division, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Cold Case Unit, and the Lee County District Attorney’s Office worked together in April 2017 to determine that Lori was murdered by Ennis.
Police say he was indicted on Aug. 2, 2018, by a Lee County Grand Jury on two counts of Capital Murder.
Ennis was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force assisted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Virginia State Police, the Montgomery and Pittsylvania County Virginia sheriff’s offices as well as the city police departments of Blacksburg, Christianburg, and Radford, Virginia.
Ennis remains in custody without bond in the Montgomery County Virginia Jail, pending extradition to Auburn, Alabama, to face two Capital Murder charges.