Three men in­dicted in mur­der of Well­born El­e­men­tary teacher

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE - From Re­ports

Three Cal­houn County men were in­dicted on Cap­i­tal Mur­der charges re­cently for their al­leged in­volve­ment in the kid­nap­ping, rob­bery and mur­der, of 29 year old Jack­sonville res­i­dent, Kevin Thompson whose body was dis­cov­ered along­side High­way 278 in Chero­kee County late last month.

In­dicted, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, were Ty­rone Thompson, 27; Ni­cholas Smith, 22 and Javon Gas­ton, 22, who were charged with Cap­i­tal Mur­der in con­nec­tion with the death of the 3rd grade teacher at Well­born El­e­men­tary School.

Two al­houn County women — Whit­ney Lud­low, 20 and Jessica Fos­ter , 21— re­ceived in­dict­ments, charg­ing them with Hin­der­ing Pros­e­cu­tion, in con­nec­tion with the vic­tim’s dis­ap­pear­ance and death.

The two women were ar­rested on those hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion in­dict­ments, be­cause they as­sisted the three sus­pects dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tors ‘miss­ing per­son’ search for Kevin Thompson, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. .

All the sus­pects are cur­rently be­ing held in the Cal­houn County Jail with the ex­cep­tion of Ty­rone Thompson, who re­mains in the An­nis­ton City Jail, re­ports said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cates that some­time be­fore mid­night April 20, Ty­rone Thompson, Smith and Gas­ton ar­rived at Kevin Thompson’s Jack­son Trace apart­ment. Po­lice say the vic­tim prob­a­bly wasn’t alarmed by the visit, since he and Ty­rone Thompson had been friends since child­hood.

At some point dur­ing the night, how­ever the sus­pects forced the teacher to drive to banks in the ar­eas of An­nis­ton and Jack­sonville with them, and with­draw cash from his ac­counts, re­ports said.

Po­lice say the night ended some­time early on the morn­ing of April 21 in Chero­kee County, where the sus­pects al­legedly drove to kill Kevin Thompson and drop off his body.

Al­though Thompson’s body was dis­cov­ered in Chero­kee County, the sus­pects will be tried on all charges by the Cal­houn County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, as a way of con­sol­i­dat­ing the case.

Ty­rone Thompson, Smith and Gas­ton are all be­ing held with­out bond, while Lud­low and Fos­ter are in cus­tody on bonds of $75,000 each.

All five in­di­vid­u­als have a hear­ing date of June 23.

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