Crime

Court records: Homicide charge dropped against man connected to five deaths

By Stephanie Pedersen

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.com

Antonio King
Antonio King

The man court records link to at least five homicides will not face charges for the fourth one after the Russell County District Attorney filed a motion to not prosecute the case after the lead investigator died.

The motion to not prosecute Antonio King, 46, for the 2011 shooting death of Timothy Turman was granted by the court earlier this week. Ryan Desean Brown, who also faced a murder charge in the death, had his case nolle prossed as well.

According to court records, Sgt. Daniel Davis was the lead investigator. He died Nov. 10, 2014, when he accidentally shot himself in the leg and suffered massive blood loss, according to the coroner.

"Without Daniel Davis, who was the agent on the case and did all of the work on it, we did not feel like we could make that case," District Attorney Kenneth Davis said.

Officers found Turman, 34, dead at 1102 Dillingham St. on Feb. 6, 2011, according to previous reports. The coroner said he was shot multiple times in the torso and arms. "And when I say multiple, it was multiple," Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. said in 2011.

Reports stated narcotics were found in the home and on Turman.

King and Brown weren't arrested for Turman's death until May 2013. They were released from custody after making a $500,000 bond for Brown and $1 million for King.

Both were wearing ankle monitors when officials believe they orchestrated the 2014 homicide of Sayquawn Lamer Wiggins, who was King's nephew and the fifth homicide victim he's been linked to in court records.

Officials have said they believe Wiggins death was drug related.

King will go to trial for that homicide as soon as he's returned to the Russell County Jail. He's currently in federal custody for unlawful transportation of firearms, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute cocaine power and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Brown and another suspect, Santago Montrell Davis, also may face capital murder trials this year.

— Senior reporter Chuck Williams contributed to this report.

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