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Killers of Barnesville man get long prison terms

The young killers of Barnesville’s Roderick Crawford have been sentenced to long prison terms after entering guilty pleas. ******************** NOTICE: This story and photo(s) are under copyright. They may not be republished or disseminated in any form or format – including social media – without explicit permission. ********************* Keira Mitchelle Williams quietly entered guilty pleas to malice murder and kidnapping Oct. 8, 2019. Judge Fletcher Sams sentenced her to life in prison plus 20 years. Williams, now serving her time at Pulaski State Prison, agreed to testify against co-defendant Cameron Jones. Jones walked into court in Fayette County Thursday morning for hearings before Judge Sams on a change of venue and other motions and surprised everyone by saying he wanted to plead guilty and accept the last plea deal offered by the prosecution which had been taken off the table. The offer was resuscitated and Jones entered his plea. He also got life plus 20 years and will very likely die in prison. The body of Crawford, 46, was found behind a mobile home at 1414 Grantling Street in the crime-ridden Lincoln Park area of Thomaston. Crawford left his home on Howard Road at 7 p.m. Dec. 28, 2018, telling his sons he was going to check his driving schedule at J&M Trucking. His wife missed a call from him at 7:19 p.m. and his phone was disabled soon thereafter. He was never heard from again. Investigators say Crawford contacted 18-year-old prostitute Kiera Williams through an online escort service and met her in Upson County. The victim’s phone was last pinged in the area of downtown Thomaston. Crawford was shot to death, his body dumped and his 2008 Dodge Nitro stolen. The Dodge was found abandoned in Clayton County on New Years Day. It was transported to the Lamar jail and processed by GBI crime scene specialists the following day. The subsequent investigation led to Williams with whom Clayton investigators were very familiar. She and 20-year-old Cameron Jones were questioned and eventually confessed. Each was charged with murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Both are charged in similar cases in Clayton County. (Editor’s note: Previous court documents, warrants, etc. identified Williams as Kiera Michelle Williams. Her sentencing document and the state department of corrections list her as Keira Mitchelle Williams.) For much more on this story, see the 2.25.20 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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