Final arrangements set for Shani King


Shani King will be laid to rest on Thursday morning at the Chapel of All Faiths. She is "survived by her loving family and friends," according to her obituary, as well as a young son.

King, 23, lost her life on Sept. 12 after being shot once at her home in the Capitol Homes mobile home park off of Ga. 49. Following the shooting incident, a man drove King to the hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. The man who drove King to the hospital – Reco Stephens – ultimately was charged with murder and booked at the county jail on Old Monticello Road.


Stephens was booked around 5 a.m. on Tuesday, roughly seven hours after the incident. Investigators first interviewed Stephens at the hospital and then "detained" him at the county jail. After a long morning of back-and-forth, detectives "felt strongly that we had enough to charge him with murder," according to Maj. Brad King with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

Last week's arrest marked the fifth time that Stephens had been booked at the county jail, although the previous four were for non-violent offenses. Stephens was arrested in 2012 for shoplifting and theft by receiving, as well as in 2016 for burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Later that same year, meanwhile, Stephens was arrested and charged with drug possession and traffic violations.

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