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Trials draw near for alleged killers

Trials are set for early March for a teenage prostitute and her accomplice in the ambush killing of a 46-year-old Barnesville man in late 2018. According to court documents, Roderick Crawford contacted then 18-year-old Kiera Williams through an online escort service Dec. 28, 2018. ******************** 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. ********************* He left his Howard Road home at 7 p.m., telling his sons he was going to check his driving schedule at work. His wife missed a call from him at 7:19 p.m. He was never heard from again. His 2008 Dodge Nitro was found abandoned in Clayton County on Jan. 1, 2019. His phone was last pinged in downtown Thomaston. Crawford’s body was found Jan. 3, 2019 behind an abandoned trailer in the crime-ridden Lincoln Park area there. He had been shot to death. Williams and then 20-year-old Cameron Jones were soon questioned and confessed. Each is charged with murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Both are charged in separate, similar murders in Clayton County. Spalding circuit district attorney Ben Coker reported last week Jones will go to trial in Upson County on March 9. Williams’ trial will begin the following week on March 16. The trials, like previous hearings, are expected to be conducted under tight security conditions as both defendants have gang ties and Jones has already been implicated in a plot to kill deputies transporting him from Clayton County where he is being held to an earlier court appearance in Thomaston.

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