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Record number charged with murder in Screven County

The son accused of shooting his father to death during a dispute last week brings the number of people who are charged with murder in Screven County to five.

That’s the most Sheriff Mike Kile has ever seen in decades of law enforcement in the county.

“It’s very unusual,” Kile said. “In fact, it’s never happened before. It’s an unbelievably high number of people charged with murder.”

Two of the five cases are scheduled to be tried later this month. All five cases involve people who knew each other, Kile said.

“You can patrol for armed robbery-type murders, but you can’t stop personal acquaintance-type murders,” the sheriff said. In the five pending cases, the suspects knew their victims, got angry, were near guns and, in some cases, alcohol was involved.

Two murders in the county remain unsolved – one about 10 years ago and another about 20 years ago, Kile said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has handled all five pending cases and has not released details in any of them. The pending cases in Screven County, from oldest to most recent:

Daughtry

Scheduled for trial June 29 is Ricardo Castavious Daughtry, who is charged in the June 19, 2007, death of William Franklin Watson. Daughtry, 23 at the time, is accused in the death of 54-year-old Watson. Watson was found dead at his residence on Curtis Street.

Details of the case have not been made public, but Kile said Daughtry and Watson knew each other.

Young

Tyoune Hasseen Young is charged in the Feb. 2, 2008, death of Natesha Nicole Williams. Young, 17 at the time, is accused of shooting Williams, 20, in the head on Abram Street. It was what Kile called “a domestic situation.” Young was apprehended in New York and brought back to Screven County for trial.

Another man was arrested in New York and brought back to Screven County to be questioned in the case. He was not charged with murder.

Fulcher

Coming to trial June 24 is Marial Markeith Fulcher, accused of the April 26, 2008, murder of Cardell Troy Clark. Fulcher, 28 at the time, is accused of shooting Clark in the head at a party on Hillcrest Heights Drive.

Between 100 to 150 people were attending the party. Fulcher is accused of emerging from the woods with a bandana wrapped around the lower part of his face and shooting Clark at close range. The cause was “domestic-related,” Kile said.

Lake

Brandon Donnell Lake is charged in the Feb. 15, 2009, shooting death of Jermaine Micquell Scurry. Lake, a 24-year-old resident of Millen, was accused of killing the 20-year-old Scurry, of Girard, while the pair were at the Space Ship Lounge on Burton’s Ferry Road near Sylvania.

Kile said the case was sparked by jealousy over a girl.

Rachels

Allen Freddie-Lee Rachels is accused of the May 21, 2009, shooting death of his father, Jonie Allen Rachels. The son, 25, got in an argument about child custody with the father, 43, Kile said. The shooting occurred at the residence they shared on Hiltonia-Perkins Road.