msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 1/5/2011 3:01:15 PM ET 2011-01-05T20:01:15

Three men were charged with capital murder Tuesday in the death of a 6-year-old girl who was sleeping when 18 rounds from a rifle were fired into her home.

The Elmore County Sheriff's Office said three men were arrested and charged with killing Kenyatta Kendrick, 6, of Eclectic, the Montgomery Advertiser reported on its website.

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The three were identified by Chief Deputy Ricky Lowery as Aaron McDowell, 18, of Alexander City; Bernard Nix, 17, of Alexander City; and Stalandous Slaughter, 25, of Eclectic.

Sheriff Bill Franklin said 19-year-old Darren Kendrick, Kenyatta's uncle and a senior at Elmore County High School, was sleeping in a nearby chair and was hit once in the left hip and once in the left ankle when the shots were fired about 3 a.m. Tuesday on Nichols Avenue. A hospital spokeswoman said he's listed in fair condition.

Kenyatta was a first-grader at Eclectic Elementary School.

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