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Prosecution will not seek death penalty in Crawford murder case

By Walter Geiger An Upson County grand jury returned multiple indictments against Cameron Jones and Kiera Williams in the Roderick Crawford murder case March 20. Crawford vanished Dec. 28, 2018. His body was found Jan. 3 in Thomaston. Williams, 18, and Jones, 20, were each indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping with bodily injury, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and theft by receiving stolen property, according to Griffin circuit district attorney Ben Coker. The case was presented to grand jurors by Coker and GBI agent Josh Ayer. Coker also reported his office will not be seeking the death penalty for either Williams or Jones but did not elaborate on that decision. According to testimony, each defendant shot Crawford at least once with Williams firing the fatal shot to the back of the victim’s head. The pair will be arraigned in April with trials possible as soon as November, Coker said. Williams and Jones are also charged with murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery in the death of 28-year-old Mario Rashard Edwards of Covington who was found dead in a vacant Clayton County apartment on Dec. 21, 2018. A GBI probe revealed that both Crawford and Edwards had contacted Williams for sex through an online escort service.

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