Any information on the shooting death of a 20year old black male in waycross, Friday night around 10am, April 10, 2009
Man Shot To Death; Two Are Charged
Byck Street Man Dies In Drug-Related Rifle Slaying, Says Sheriff
One man is dead and two are in jail on murder charges after a Friday night shooting on Waller Street, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Nathaniel Lee III, 20, of the 200 block of Byck Street, Waycross, died Friday night from gunshots, Royal said.
David Reynolds, 22, of 1124 Waller St., Waycross, and Andrew Jackson Mills, 24, of Blue Lake Circle, Blackshear, have both been charged with felony murder and are in the Ware County jail, the sheriff said.
"The motive appears to be drug-related," Royal said.
Royal said investigators have the murder weapon, a .22-caliber rifle.
"We have the gun believed (to have been) used in the shooting," he said.
He said Lt. Jody Ponsell is in charge of the investigation, which is continuing.
Ware deputies responded to a 911 call for help Friday at 10:04 p.m. after residents of a home in the 1200 block Cypress Street found a man on their porch bleeding from a gunshot wound, Royal said.
Ware Emergency Medical Service technicians transported the victim to Satilla Regional Medical Center's emergency room where he was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. by Ware County Coroner Atha Lucas.
Witnesses told deputies they heard what sounded like a gunshot and then saw the victim running from 1124 Waller St. to the Cypress Street address.
Royal said his detectives questioned witnesses and collected evidence at the scene that led them to arrest Reynolds.
Royal added that as the investigation evolved into the early morning hours of Saturday, Ware sheriff's detectives identified another suspect as Mills, who, they learned, had fled the scene immediately after the shooting in a blue late 1990s Ford Mustang, in the direction of Blackshear.
Detectives drove to Pierce County and met with Pierce County sheriff's deputies who attempted to find Mills at his Blue Lake Circle home but with no success.
A lookout on Mills and the Mustang was posted to law enforcement in surrounding counties.
At about 3 a.m., a Ware detective drove to Clinch County to interview members of Mills' family, Royal said. The detective and Clinch County Deputy Sheriff Donald Lee searched several residences near the Clinch County-Atkinson County line but were not able to find Mills.
At 5:30 Saturday morning, the detective and Lee saw a 1997 Blue Mustang parked at a residence in Traisville in Clinch County.
The detective and Lee entered the home and took Mills and his girlfriend, Samantha Selph, 24, into custody without incident and transported them to the Clinch County jail.
A few minutes later, Royal sent two deputies to Homerville to transport Mills and Selph to Ware County.
Mills was taken to the Ware County jail. Selph was taken by a deputy and detective to her residence on Blue Lake Circle. There she relinquished the rifle and some ammunition to the detective.
Selph is in the Ware jail, although she has not been charged as of this morning,