Arrest made in indoor football player McDowdell’s death

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The authorities in Phoenix, Arizona have made an arrest into the death of Lance McDowdell. He was killed in December.

McDowdell was a member of the Arizona Rattlers at the time of his death. The Rattlers are an indoor football team that plays in the IFL.

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Christopher Verland Ayers III was arrested in McDowdell’s death, according to AZ Central. Through their investigation, the authorities found evidence that linked Ayers III to McDowdell’s shooting death.

Ayers III had been in the Maricopa County Jail on unrelated charges. Now, he is facing a second-degree murder charge.

“The Arizona Rattlers have been notified that a suspect has been arrested in the homicide of Arizona Rattler Lance McDowdell,” the team said in a statement. “The Arizona Rattlers are aware that an investigation of this magnitude takes time and all evidence must be processed thoroughly to ensure justice is served and prosecution is successful.

“The Arizona Rattlers would like to thank the Phoenix Police Department and the assigned detectives of their due diligence during the investigation and their assistance during this time. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, there will be no further comment and all questions should be directed to the Phoenix Police Department.”

McDowdell was shot to death on Dec. 20th. He was shot outside of a Phoenix apartment complex.

After being shot, he was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. No motive has been announced at this time.

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