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Two more suspects arrested in Fayetteville convenience store killing

Posted September 12, 2013

— Two men wanted in connection with the shooting death last week of a Fayetteville man near a local convenience store were arrested late Wednesday, police said.

Kelly Eugene Elliott, 31, was taken into custody at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at a home in Conroe, Texas, about 40 miles north of Houston, by members of a U.S. Marshals Service task force. Minutes later, Joseph DeShawn Haskins, 21, was arrested by Fayetteville police during a traffic stop on Murchison Road.

Both men are charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the Sept. 1 death of Errol Williams.

According to investigators, Williams, 27, a Navy veteran and father of two, stopped at a Kangaroo station on Bragg Boulevard to ask for directions when he was forced into his car, kidnapped, robbed and shot a few blocks away.

"This has been a relentless investigation – a lot of folks have put a lot of hours in," said Lt. Todd Joyce of the Fayetteville Police Department. "At the same time, we wanted to ensure that our community knew we were doing everything in our power to find out who was responsible for this crime."

Police Chief Harold Medlock held three news conferences about the case within 10 days, and more than a dozen updated news releases were issued in that time.

"It is a huge sigh of relief for the folks here, for our community. A lot of thanks goes out to people who called and gave information,” Joyce said.

Errol Williams Arrests bring peace of mind to family of slain man

He declined to say what led investigators to Texas and the capture of Elliott, whom police described as the trigger-man in Williams' death.

"That'll come out in the course of the investigation whether he knew someone down there or whether he had a family or had retreated there, thinking maybe that's a safe location," he said.

Elliott was in the Montgomery County, Texas, jail Thursday morning awaiting extradition to Fayetteville.

Authorities on Wednesday arrested Kourtney Terrell Reed, 20, who is also charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the case.

Two other men accused of committing crimes with Elliott and helping him steal the security video equipment from the Kangaroo station hours after Williams' death were taken into custody last week.

Williams' sister, Sadie Everett, said she can breathe easier knowing the men suspected of killing her brother are in jail. Still, she said, her two nephews, 3-year-old Kwamori and 1-year-old Errol Jr., still have a hard time dealing with the fact their father won't come home again.

"He cried himself to sleep," Everett said of Kwamori.


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  • SFSOLDIER Sep 16, 2013

    Now, leave them in jail Lib judges, stop letting these violent people out of jail.

  • chairmannc Sep 13, 2013

    Now that these fine outstanding young gentlemen have finally killed somebody maybe they will get the prison time they should have gotten for the violent crimes they committed before actually killing somebody. It's sad that people like this are let out of jail time and tyime again again and it takes somebody losing their life to keep them locked up like the animals they are.

  • Wacky_dood Sep 13, 2013

    For a bunch of supposedly tough killer guys, they sure didn't put up much of a fight did they?

    I guess they're toughest when they are the only ones armed and they greatly outnumber their victims. Going against armed law enforcement officers, they were as weak as newborn kittens.

  • jmrado47 Sep 12, 2013

    Georgia passed the two strikes law to remove violent criminals from the streets. The law was based on the so called "deadly sins." The first strike was an automatic ten years and the second strike was life sentence without parole. I wonder if these people are violent criminal records. Something needs to be done to protect society from these types of predators. They allegedly murdered an innocent person who was just asking for directions.

  • Bartmeister Sep 12, 2013

    Good week for the US Marshalls and a bad week for the band of bad boys.

  • djcalaska Sep 12, 2013

    Glad these guys are off the streets.. they would killed again..

  • SeaDog Sep 12, 2013

    Well done, LEOs.

  • UMadBro Sep 12, 2013

    "aren't all weapons dangerous?" bombayrunner

    anything can be a weapon. someone could violently throw a water bottle at you. the water bottle would then be considered a weapon. is a water bottle a dangerous weapon? no.

  • Radioactive Ted Sep 12, 2013

    "If a criminal hasn't changed, don't let them out of jail/prison. PERIOD!!!" IHearThatTrainAComin

    Just how do you tell if someone has changed? Or, did you really mean, "Every criminal punishment should be life in prison?"

  • dwntwnboy2 Sep 12, 2013

    Sounds like a good week for the police departments in rounding up what looks to be- by the charges- several dangerous individuals. Good work getting them off the street....now if the courts will just KEEP them off the streets.