2 of 4 arrested indicted in killing|[1/27/06]
Published 12:00 am Friday, January 27, 2006
Grand jurors have returned indictments against two of the four Rolling Fork men accused in the July shooting death of a Vicksburg construction-company owner.
Roderick Rashael Lewis, 24, 614 Rosenwald St., will face murder and armed robbery charges and Derrick Dewayne Hall, 20, 102 Worthington Ave., is charged as an accessory after the fact in the slaying of Kenneth “Wink” Williamson, 47, who was found shot to death at his home on July 28.
Charged by police, but not indicted were Josh Dewayne Bee, 22, 87 Mulberry St., and Joshua Lee Warren, 22, 239 Worthington Ave. Both will testify when the case comes to trial, said District Attorney Gil Martin.
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On Thursday afternoon Lewis was in jail without bond, and Hall was free on a $10,000 first-offender’s bond, jail records showed.
Williamson, who owned K&W Construction, had cashed a large check the day before he was found dead and police believe the Rolling Fork men went to his home at 2841 U.S. 61 South that night to rob him.
An empty billfold was found open near Williamson’s body when investigators searched the scene, beginning about 6:31 a.m., Capt. Mark Culbertson said. The four men were arrested in Sharkey County within about 48 hours of Williamson’s death. Lewis was identified as a K&W employee.
In a second 2005 homicide, the suspect charged by police, Lance Maniel, 24, 125 Countryside Drive, was indicted for murder in the death of Jarvis Donald, who was 22 when he was fatally shot once in the head as he sat in a car in a parking lot near Clay Street and Mission 66 on Aug. 13.
Donald was shot about 7:18 p.m. on a Sunday in a convenience-store parking lot, police said.
About 5 1/2 hours later, Maniel surrendered and was charged with aggravated assault. Donald died at about 11 a.m. the next day at University Medical Center and, within minutes, the charge against Maniel was upgraded to murder.
Police Chief Tommy Moffett said then no motive had been found.
The jury’s action leaves two homicide cases in Vicksburg in which an arrest has been made but no one has been indicted. They are the May 8 shooting death of Kennado Caples, 26, at 2708 Letitia St., and the death from a blow to the head of Chenara Young, 43, found behind a trash receptacle near The Vicksburg Apartments, 801 Clay St., on Oct. 14.
One homicide case, the July 16 shooting death of David W. Anderson, 41, outside the Elks Lodge at 2916 Walnut St., remains unsolved.
The cases jurors heard were among 83 involving 90 defendants. The panel was convened Monday by Circuit Judge Frank Vollor.
Others arraigned, with charges against them, were: