Man Arrested for Murder in Auburn

Monday, August 6th, 2018: Derrill Richard "Rick" Ennis (age 38) was arrested in Pilot, Montgomery County, Virginia by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, Virginia State SWAT and Montgomery County Virginia SWAT teams on outstanding grand jury indictments for Capital Murder (Burglary) and Capital Murder (Kidnapping). 

This stems from the ongoing investigation by Auburn Police and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Cold Case Unit into the disappearance of Lori Ann Slesinski in June 2006. 

June 13th, 2006: A missing persons report was filed with Auburn Police after Lori had not been heard from in several days, could not be reached by family and had not reported to work. A day later, on June 14th, her vehicle, a 2005 Mazda Tribute, was found engulfed in flames at the dead end of DeKalb Street. Ennis, who was an acquaintance at the time, became a person of interest in the case. After being questioned by police, he suddenly moved from Auburn.

The Auburn Police Division, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Cold Case Unit, and the Lee County District Attorney's Office initiated a collaborative effort in April 2017 resulting in the determination that Lori was murdered by Ennis. He was indicted on August 2nd, 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.



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