Man arrested in April homicide case

Senior's criminal history spans 13 years, records show

ariquelmy@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 28, 2012 

A man wanted in a fatal shooting near Lawyers Lane and Seventh Street in April has been arrested, authorities said.

Oscar Senior, 31, is charged with murder, aggravated assault and simple battery, Muscogee County Jail officials said. Police say he's accused in the homicide of Charles Willis III, 31.

Senior was arrested Thursday in the area of Lawyers Lane and Pecan Street. He's scheduled to appear today in Columbus Recorder's Court on the murder and assault charges, police said.

According to police, the shooting happened about 5 p.m. April 13 as Willis was stopped in his car with a male passenger. Willis called out to Senior, who was standing in the street. Senior then fired into Willis' 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt.

The passenger told officers he opened his door and rolled out of the vehicle to avoid the gunfire. Willis, however, was struck at least once. Senior then ran from the scene, police have said.

Senior has a criminal history extending back more than a decade, Muscogee County Superior Court records state. He pleaded guilty in 1999 to second-degree criminal damage to property and was sentenced to two years' probation.

In 2000, authorities accused Senior of possession of cocaine. Another criminal damage to property charge was levied against him the next year. He pleaded guilty to both and spent some time in jail, according to records.

Prosecutors took Senior to trial on 2003 accusations of arson, attempted armed robbery and a weapons violation.

He was acquitted of the robbery charges but convicted of arson and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, records show. Senior was in prison from April 2004 to May 2010 and is on probation.

Police say they charged Senior with simple battery this year and arrested him March 5. Willis was shot about a month later.

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