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Three charges in murder case

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David Lee Lacey, Jr.
 

Demarco Quentrell Felps
 

Sidney Ra'Shawn Henderson
 
By Paul Keane

Three men have been arrested in connection with an early Sunday morning shooting that resulted in the death of one man.

David Lee Lacey, Jr., 20, of Dean Street in Waynesboro, has been charged with capital murder, possession and sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) and or counterfeit substance (fake cocaine) while in possession of a firearm and armed robbery.

Demarco Quentrell Felps, 20, of Denham Winchester Road in Waynesboro, has been charged with with capital murder, possession and sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) and or counterfeit substance (fake cocaine) while in possession of a firearm and attempted armed robbery.

Sidney Ra'Shawn Henderson, 27, of Willie Varner Road in Shubuta, has been charged with accessory after the fact capital murder and possession and sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) and or counterfeit substance (fake cocaine).

According to Waynesboro Police Department Investigations Commander Don Hopkins, the three were involved in a shooting that led to the death of Gary Wayne MArtin, 54, of Waynesboro.

At approximately 2:15 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to the scene at the Waynesboro Apartment Complex, also known as "The High Rise." They found that Martin has been shot once in the back, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Wayne County Assistant Coroner Mike Williams. Hopkins said officers were on the scene within two minutes after the call, with investigators arriving shortly thereafter.

"This case has been worked non-stop since it occurred," Hopkins said. "Thanks to the officers and investigators of the Department, we were able to solve the case in minimal time, making several arrests.

"There is the possibility that additional suspects could be arrested as the investigation into this murder and robbery continues."

Hopkins said one suspect was taken into custody Monday morning while a second was taken into custody Tuesday and the third suspect, Henderson, turned himself in Tuesday night.

The three suspects were scheduled to make their initial appearance before Justice Court Judge Charles Chapman Friday morning, at which time bail — if any — would be set.

Hopkins said the incident was drug related, and that tips from the Narcotics Division helped in the investigation.

"The Narcotics Division has been working the area quite a bit, and some of those drug case leads helped us with this case," he said. "We also has several witnesses calling or coming in to our offices in order to provide information on this case. We were given the street names of these suspects and, from those street names, were able to piece together the real names of the suspects in order to make the arrests."

The murder was the second in a week inside the city limits, and Hopkins said the WPD is working hard to make sure crimes are kept to a minimum.

"The Waynesboro Police Department is working diligently to keep the criminal element at bay," he said. "We've seen a little decrease in drug activity inside the city, and we're not seeing as much as we had been seeing. Part of that is the presence of officers and investigators in the areas where known drug dealing is taking place. The dealers don't want to be seen, and we are making strides in that area."

Hopkins said one way to help curb the crime issue is for citizens to become involved by providing information.

"We do rely on information from the public in many of these cases," he said. "We can't be everywhere all of the time, so information and tips from the public is vital in many of these cases. I would ask that anyone with information about crimes or possible crimes to please call Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 601-735-5323 (LEAD). Callers can remain anonymous is they so desire."

In relation to the murder case from a week earlier, Hopkins said investigators are still looking to apprehend Franchez Worsham.

"We have some leads on his whereabouts, but nothing has panned out," Hopkins said. "We even had a lead from him saying that he was going to turn himself in, but that didn't materialize.

"I would just say to Mr. Worsham that we are not going to give up looking for you. It would be better for yourself if you went ahead and turned yourself in to our officers."
 
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