LEE COUNTY, Ala. — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office confirms a local man is in jail connected to a murder investigation from January.
Sheriff Jay Jones says 29-year-old Rodney Jermaine Day of Phenix City faces charges for murder, robbery in the first degree, and theft of property in the first degree. Day was arrested on Friday, but was already at the Lee County Detention Center on an unrelated charge.
Day is a suspect in the January 31 murder of 54-year-old Ricky Brooks of Smiths Station. As News 3 reported, Brooks was found strangled to death in his home on Lee Road 237. The sheriff’s office said that several items from Brooks’ house were stolen including his car, which Phenix City Police found a few hours later near Day’s home.
Evidence linked Day and Brooks being together the night Brooks was murdered.
“It is a great satisfaction to us to provide the victim’s family with some answers,” Sheriff Jones said. “That is the first thing we want to do. Obviously, any time a circumstance like this takes place, or this type of crime, the first question is why? That’s what we want to try to do to the best of our ability is provide that family with some answers.”
Brooks was well known as an east Alabama church deacon and former suit salesman at “Looking Good” in Columbus.
News Three spoke with members of Brooks’ family on Monday. They told News Three that Day’s arrest brings them some much needed closure.
“Knowing that we have closure now, knowing that we had no idea who it was in the beginning and now that we have a name with whoever did this, it brings closure,” Brooks’ brother Herman said. “I can sleep at night knowing that he won’t be able to do it to another family,” Brooks’ sister Barbara said.
The sheriff says Day was arrested as a suspect Friday, May 19. This is the only arrest in the case at this time. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334-749-5651 or Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.