Decatur police arrest two suspects for capital murder

Two suspects were arrested and charged with capital murder.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 9:57 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 6:18 PM

According to Decatur police, two suspects have been charged with capital murder for the February 25, 2019, shooting death of 30-year-old Michael "Dooney" Irvin Jr.

On Feb. 25, police responded to the 1600-block of Marion Street SW for a shooting investigation. When officers arrived, police say they found the victim, Michael Irvin Jr., dead in his home from multiple gunshots. Ulysses Wilkerson of Troy and Zachary Williams of Hartselle were identified as suspects.

Ulysses Wilkerson (left) and Zachary Williams (right)

Michael Irvin Jr.; He was commonly known as “Dooney.”

On April 4, 2019, police say detectives arrested and charged Wilkerson and Williams with capital murder. Both suspects are being held at the Morgan County Jail with no bond.

WAAY 31 spoke with the mother of the murder victim about the arrests.

“I said to myself, I’m at peace," Ann Irvin said. "I don’t have to be afraid anymore, because they’re not walking around here.”

That was Ann Irvin’s reaction when she learned the two men accused of killing her youngest son, Dooney, were arrested.

That’s because, for more than a month, Irvin has pleaded for answers.

“Miserable. Your heart is aching at all times," Irvin said.

Dooney was shot multiple times and killed back in February.

According to court documents, physical evidence was found inside the home where the shooting happened. Investigators say it had Ulysses Wilkerson’s DNA on it.

Later, court documents state, a witness came forward and told police Zachary Williams confessed to the murder, including specific details about the crime.

Both suspects were interviewed by police, but they denied any involvement in the murder.

It’s something Dooney’s mother still can’t believe anyone would want to do to her son.

“He was a wonderful child. I never had problems with him," Irvin said. "He was a smart, intelligent person.”

Irvin says she can still feel her son’s presence.

“When my bedroom door opens up on its own, I say, ‘Come on in, Dooney. Ma knows you’re alright.’”

But Irvin has one question that will never go away.

“Why? I just want to know why," Irvin said.

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