Three men indicted in murder of Wellborn Elementary teacher
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.