AUBURN, AL. (THECOUNT) — Ross Jonathan McFarland, the teen son of prominent east Alabama physician, John McFarland, has been charged with murdering his father’s fianceé at the family residence in Auburn on Thursday night.
The victim has been identified as 66-year-old Martha “Marti” Jones White, who was pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot injuries.
Law enforcement sources say, 16-year-old McFarland, and White knew one another because White was engaged to McFarland’s father.
Auburn police arrested the 16-year-old early Friday morning on Murder charges after the Thursday night homicide along Burke Place, in Auburn, Alabama.
“On Oct. 18, 2019, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Auburn Police along with the assistance of members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Tallapoosa County Drug Task Force arrested Ross Jonathan McFarland, 16, of Auburn, on a warrant for Murder,” said Captain Lorenzo Dorsey.
The arrest stems from an investigation into a homicide at the 700 block of Burke Place in Auburn where a female was found dead inside a home where the teen lives.
“At approximately 7 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2019, the Auburn Police Division responded to a residence on Burke Place after receiving a call reporting an unresponsive female. Officers discovered a 66-year-old female, affiliated with the residence, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound,” reports WBTW.
Investigators say analysis of the scene resulted in McFarland, who resides at the residence on Burke Place, being developed as a suspect in the death.
“The Police Division obtained an arrest warrant and enlisted the aid of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force; McFarland, a truck missing from the residence and what is believed to be the weapon used in the homicide, was located in the 10,000 block of Highway 50 near Dadeville and taken into custody,” said Dorsey.
Ross Jonathan McFarland has been charged with Murder, transported to the Lee County jail and is held under a $150,000 bond.
This case remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Division and Lee County Coroner’s Office. Anyone with additional information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.
“Dr. John H Mcfarland is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Opelika, Alabama. He graduated with honors from University Of California, Irvine, California College Of Medicine in 1974. Having more than 45 years of diverse experiences, especially in EMERGENCY MEDICINE, FAMILY MEDICINE, Dr. John H Mcfarland affiliates with East Alabama Medical Center And Snf, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group The East Alabama Healthcare Authority. Call Dr. John H Mcfarland on phone number (334) 528-1112 for more information and advice or to book an appointment.”
Geo quick facts: Auburn is a city in eastern Alabama. On the Auburn University campus, the sprawling Donald E. Davis Arboretum has a collection of native plants. The Jonathan Bell Lovelace Museum documents the university’s athletics history. The Jule Collins Smith Museum has art from the 18th–21st centuries. South of Auburn is Chewacla State Park with trails and a large lake. Southwest, Tuskegee National Forest is home to wild deer – wikipedia.