MAN CHARGED IN DIS­AP­PEAR­ANCE

Ray­mond Lev­erett has been charged with mur­der in the death of man miss­ing since Septem­ber.

The Telegraph (Macon) - - Front Page - BY LIZ FABIAN lfabian@ma­con.com Tele­graph writer Joe Ko­vac Jr. con­trib­uted to this re­port.

For weeks, Larcine Flem­ing has worn around her neck a dog tag with a pho­to­graph of her youngest son whom she calls “John John.”

No one has heard from 53-year-old John Lewis Flem­ing III of Jones Av­enue for nearly two months.

Fri­day morn­ing, the Flem­ing fam­ily learned Bibb County sher­iff’s deputies be­lieve the man known as “J3” was mur­dered.

“That’s my baby’s life,” Larcine Flem­ing said softly as she sat on the porch of the fam­ily home in east Ma­con.

Only nine of her dozen chil­dren are still alive, she said.

John Flem­ing’s body has not been found but a Warner Robins man is now in cus­tody and charged with his mur­der.

Ray­mond Eu­gene Lev­erett, 36, of Sil­ver Cir­cle in Warner Robins, was booked into the Bibb County Law En­force­ment Cen­ter at about 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to jail records.

Mem­bers of the U.S. Mar­shal’s South­east Re­gional Fugi­tive Task Force and Warner Robins po­lice as­sisted deputies in mak­ing the ar­rest at Lev­erett’s home.

John Flem­ing’s niece was not sur­prised.

“I knew from day one that he did that,” Court­ney Ates said. “Un­cle didn’t have no en­e­mies.”

Lev­erett had been a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the Flem­ings’ white house in the Fort Hawkins neigh­bor­hood.

He was work­ing on John Flem­ing’s black Caprice Clas­sic that’s still parked in the drive­way.

“He messed up ev­ery­thing,” Ates said. “He’s a shade tree me­chanic.”

Lev­erett owed her un­cle some money hav­ing to do with the car, she said.

The orig­i­nal miss­ing per­son’s re­port is­sued by the sher­iff’s of­fice stated Flem­ing failed to pick up his girl­friend at her hair ap­point­ment on Sept. 18 and had not com­mu­ni­cated with his fam­ily as he typ­i­cally does ev­ery­day.

Days af­ter Flem­ing dis­ap­peared, Bibb County sher­iff’s deputies re­leased pho­tos of his white, four­door sedan.

Sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­cov­ered the car in early Oc­to­ber off Waterville Road near Ma­con’s down­town in­dus­trial sec­tor.

Bibb County sher­iff’s com­man­der of the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions di­vi­sion Capt. Sher­maine Jones said in­for­ma­tion un­cov­ered in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has moved the case from “miss­ing to mur­der.”

Phys­i­cal ev­i­dence found in Flem­ing’s car and cell phone records are part of what has turned the miss­ing per­son’s case into a homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion, sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

The ar­rest war­rant for Lev­erett, whose name is spelled Lev­erette on the war­rant but with­out the end­ing “e” in the jail file, ac­cuses him of be­ing in the same place as Flem­ing on the day he went miss­ing and later ly­ing about be­ing there.

Jail records show Lev­erett also was ar­rested Oct. 12 for giv­ing false state­ments.

Lev­erett was “picked up walk­ing from the lo­ca­tion” where Flem­ing’s car was lo­cated, the mur­der war­rant stated.

The war­rant also states in­ves­ti­ga­tors have rea­son to be­lieve a gun linked to Lev­erett was in Flem­ing’s ve­hi­cle the day he went miss­ing.

More ar­rests are pos­si­ble as in­ves­ti­ga­tors search for a mo­tive in the case.

As the phone kept ring­ing at the Flem­ing house Fri­day morn­ing, fam­ily mem­bers gath­ered once they heard news of the ar­rest.

Court­ney Ates wants the killer to know what was taken from them.

“This is a big fam­ily. You ain’t hurt one per­son, not just two or three. You took a lot from a lot of peo­ple,” she said.

Fri­day marked the 17th an­niver­sary of the fa­tal shoot­ing of Larcine Flem­ing’s grand­son Keith Hill who was gunned down on Emery High­way in an un­solved homi­cide from 2001.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to call for a sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tor at 478-751-7500 or phone anony­mous tips to Ma­con Re­gional Crimestop­pers at 877-68-CRIME.

Ray­mond E. Lev­erett

John Lewis Flem­ing III

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