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Jury exonerates man in June 2012 slaying

Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 7:55 PM
Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 7:55 PM

A 33-year-old man accused of murder in a June 2012 shooting has been cleared of all charges by a jury.

Judge Mary Wiseman said the Montgomery County Common Pleas jury found Demond J. “Mont” Harris not guilty on two counts of murder and two counts of felonious assault in the killing of Keith Moore.

The jury, which got the case at about 3:13 p.m. Monday, reached its verdict at about 7 p.m., Wiseman said.

At the trial that began Tuesday (July 9), county Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jill Sink told the jury the evidence would show that Harris finished with gunshots what started as an argument and fistfight between Moore and another man.

Defense attorney Tina McFall told the jury of nine women and three men that the evidence would show Harris was not guilty, but McFall pointed to the other man in the initial conflict - a potential witness - as the shooter.

Moore, 25, was shot to death in the early morning of June 1, 2012, near Xenia Avenue and George Street.

Friends said Moore had been at a nearby house playing video games until about 5 a.m. on the day he was killed.

Harris in 1999 was convicted of felonious assault and sentenced to four years in after three years were added because a firearm was used in the incident. In 2007, he was sentenced to five years in prison in a case stemming from a felonious assault, possessing a weapon as a felon and drug possession (cocaine). He was released from prison in January 2011.

Champaign County deputies find 29 pounds of marijuana after shooting

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:57 PM

Gunfire triggered a series of events Tuesday that led Champaign County deputies to 29 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two handguns, according to the sheriff’s office.

Gunfire triggered a series of events Tuesday that led Champaign County deputies to 29 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two handguns, according to the sheriff’s office.

Donald Murnahan, 26, and Angela Easterday, 34, were arrested and face numerous drug-related charges, including trafficking. They were booked into Tri-County Jail on Tuesday.

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Champaign County deputies responded to a motel in the 2500 block of U.S. 68 south of Urbana for a report that a woman was shooting at a car. When they got there, they allegedly found Murnahan driving a car on West Hickory Grove Road.

“The investigation revealed Murnahan had removed drugs and money from a room he and Easterday had been staying at within the lodge complex,” a news release says. “As Murnahan was attempting to leave the lodge, Easterday reportedly fired a round from a .380 pistol, striking a tire on the vehicle Murnahan was operating.”

When they investigated, they allegedly found the drugs and guns in the car, as well as scales and grinders.

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Easterday is charged with trafficking drugs in the vicinity of juveniles, possession of weapons while under disability, possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools.

Murnahan is charged with trafficking drugs in the vicinity of juveniles, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools.

More charges may be presented to a grand jury soon, the news release says.

911 call: Mom accused in sons' oven deaths says, 'I don't want to get locked up'

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:54 AM

Georgia Mother Kills Two Youngest Sons By Placing Them In The Oven

In newly released 911 audio, the Atlanta mother accused of killing two young boys tells a dispatcher she isn’t to blame in their deaths and is frightened she could go to jail.

>> Father of slain toddlers says mother shared live video of crime scene

Lamora Williams faces two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of her 1- and 2-year-old boys. The mother of four allegedly killed them “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant. 

>> Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

“Ma’am, I have a question,” Williams begins after the 911 call was answered about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

More than two minutes and 20 seconds pass before she tells the dispatcher where she is located.

>> Mother accused of killing toddler sons has history of mental illness, family says

She repeats several times that she was at work and had left her three sons with a cousin, who left them all alone at the Oakland City West End apartment on Howell Place.

“This is so serious; I’m so scared,” Williams, 24, tells the dispatcher. “I don’t want to get locked up because I was at work.”

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The dispatcher tries to calm Williams and promises to send help, but Williams repeats herself.

“This is not my fault; I just came home from work,” she says.

As soon as the address is revealed, the dispatcher calls police and fire.

Williams thanks them and the line goes dead.

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When officials arrived, Ja’Karter and Ke’Younte were dead. 

Police say they do not believe the children's mother left them with a caregiver, as she had said.

The mother of four allegedly killed them “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant. 

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Williams was charged and booked into the Fulton County jail, where she remains without bond.

The boys’ father also called 911.

“I just received a call from my child’s mother that my … two of my … two dead babies; my sons are dead in an apartment,” Jameel Penn tells 911. 

“She video called me and I seen it,” Penn says. “I really think they are dead.”

Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

Georgia Mother Kills Two Youngest Sons By Placing Them In The Oven

A 24-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her two youngest sons “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An official autopsy is pending.

Fulton County jail officials said Lamora Williams waived her first appearance in court Monday on felony murder charges.

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The arrest warrant alleges Williams put her sons in the oven sometime between midnight Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday.

Williams called her sons’ father, Jameel Penn, on Friday night and showed him by video chat that something was wrong in her Atlanta apartment home.

Penn said he immediately called the police.

2 Children Found Dead in Apartment; Mother Charged

When officials arrived at the Oakland City West End Apartment complex, the boys, 2-year-old Ke’Younte Penn and 1-year-old Ja’Karter Williams, were dead.

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Friends and family members of Williams told the AJC she suffered from undiagnosed mental health problems that were exacerbated by her father’s death when she was 19 and by having four children younger than 7. They said she was also a single mother who had some help from Penn, but not enough considering her mental health.

Williams’ longtime friend Neesa Smith said Williams quit a job about a month ago because she couldn’t find a babysitter for the kids. 

“Nobody could tell what she was going through,” Smith said.

Williams’ sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, said Williams is at risk and should be put on suicide watch in the Fulton County Jail, where she remains without bond.

Mother accused of killing toddler sons has history of mental illness, family says

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 2:17 AM

2 Children Found Dead in Apartment; Mother Charged

More details are emerging about an Atlanta woman accused of killing her two sons.

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Lamora Williams, 24, has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of her two children, ages 1 and 2. Their brother, a 3-year-old, survived.

The father of the boys, Jameel Penn, told WSB-TV's Chris Jose that Williams showed the gruesome scene to him on a video call.

>> 2 children found dead in Atlanta apartment; mother charged

"It was like a real horror movie. It was Friday the 13th," he said. "When I saw my kid, how I saw my kid, that's when I knew what was going on."

On Friday night, Williams told police that she left the kids with a relative around noon and returned home late in the evening to find the children dead. Police say that's not true.

Jose learned Penn was one of two people Williams called that night.

A picture that WSB-TV obtained shows an oven taken from the apartment. Police say the two boys, Ja'karter and Ke'yaunte, had obvious injuries, including burns.

Police said their brother saw his mother kill the boys.

Penn first met with Jose at a vigil with friends and family Saturday night. He told Jose that the last time he saw his two toddlers was last month.

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"Ja’karter, Keyante, my world, my everything. I’m lost," he said.

Neighbors expressed their grief and disbelief at the vigil. They told Jose that the apartment "smelled like death" – a smell investigators say indicates the bodies may have been inside for a few days.

"How does a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old get in the stove?" said Neesha Smith.

Williams' mother, Breanda, told Jose that her daughter has struggled with mental health issues her whole life. 

"I just came from the jail," she said. "I also let them know to put her on suicide watch because she’s gonna kill herself."

Lamora's sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, believes that the deaths could have been prevented. 

"This was something we saw that could possibly happen. She's had issues from a baby. Issues my mom tried to address with the state of Georgia," Hollingsworth said.

Williams is expected to make her first appearance in court Monday.