One of the men charged with the capital murder of Sayquawn Lamer Wiggins has been connected to four previous homicides, according to authorities and court records.
Antonio Darcet King, 44, was booked in the Russell County Jail this weekend along with Santago Montrell Davis, 32. Both suspects were Wiggins’ uncles — King by blood and Davis by marriage.
Wiggins, 19, died from multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday afternoon in the cemetery of New Hope Baptist Church in Cottonton, Ala., off Highway 165. Sheriff Heath Taylor said Monday he believes the death was drug-related and that King and Davis used an assault rifle.
Both suspects have riddled pasts, but it’s King who was out on bond for a 2011 slaying and was wearing a GPS ankle monitor.
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In 1994, King was arrested and charged with the 1992 homicide of Al Jacobs, with whom he argued over a $10 debt, according to Ledger-Enquirer archives. The jury in that trial deadlocked the first go-around before King later pleaded guilty to lesser charges of attempted assault in the first degree and possession of cocaine. King was sentenced to 15 years in 1996. It’s unclear how much time he served.
Four years later, King was again charged with murder — this time in Georgia, in connection with the slaying of Norman Long, a drug dealer who was shot to death in front of a Booker T. Washington apartment, according to records.
Before that case went to trial, King was charged in another homicide. Stacey Jackson, an assistant district attorney at the time, said King was not the gunman in the 2001 murder of Shareff Lewis, 23. The charges of murder and possession of a firearm during a crime were dismissed, but King admitted he helped dump the body and clean the car involved in the shooting, according to records.
After two trials for Long’s murder, the first ending in mistrial, King and the state came to a plea bargain in 2004 in connection with both Muscogee County slayings (his plea for Lewis’ death was merged). King pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and concealing the death of another and was sentenced to eight years.
He was released from a Georgia state prison Dec. 13, 2008, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. A little more than two years later, police said he killed Timothy Turman in Phenix City. King wasn’t arrested until May 2013 but was released on $1 million bond on June 25.
According to Alabama court documents, King has been charged with over 30 crimes — but has only been convicted or pleaded guilty to four of them.
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website and the Georgia Sex Offender Registry, Davis served time for soliciting sodomy from a minor and child molestation from a 1995 crime in Chatham County.
He was in prison from Jan. 15, 1998, to Oct. 8, 1999.
He pleaded guilty in 2001 to the armed robbery of a Family Dollar.
Sentenced to 10 years in prison, he was released Jan. 10, 2012.
Monday press conference
Sheriff Taylor said during a Monday afternoon news conference he believes the motive is drug related.
“The evidence we were able to obtain from friends and family is going to be such that Mr. Wiggins was involved with Mr. King and it’s because of that involvement and the history between those two that Mr. King wanted Mr. Wiggins dead,” Taylor said.
“We also believe cellphones will play a large role in this,” Taylor said, adding they have some video evidence.
Davis was the last person seen with Wiggins, according to authorities. He confessed to dropping off Wiggins’ Chevy Caprice on Colin Powell Parkway, Taylor said.
Wiggins has been traveling between here and Atlanta since last August. That’s when King began threatening him and his family, Taylor said.
“Those threats were documented and reported,” he added.
Davis was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office early Sunday morning. King was arrested at his residence early Monday morning after a search warrant was executed Sunday night. The sheriff said they found a weapon, narcotics and some electronics they believe may be linked back to the homicide.
Because of that search, King also faces a charge of possession of cocaine.
A judge set Davis’ bond Monday afternoon at $750,000. King’s bond from the 2011 murder charge was revoked and no bond was set for Wiggins’ murder.
Taylor said there could be more arrests.