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February 9, 2013

Murder indictments returned

THOMASVILLE — The October 2012 term of the Thomas County Grand Jury returned indictments Thursday in two 2012 murder cases.

Alvin Davis III, Chaquel Jaquez Cook, Kimberly D. Williams and Kiera Shanice Graham were indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, first-degree arson, aggravated assault and first-degree cruelty to children.

Cook also was indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The four were indicted in the July 2012 shooting death of Hassan Hana Williams, 21, of West Columbia, S.C.

Williams' body was discovered about 9:45 a.m. July 17 behind a house in the 400 block of Metcalf Avenue. He was shot twice from the rear.

Williams, who was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army earlier that month, died a short time before the body was found.

Arson charges are in connection with Williams' 1995 Mercedes being found engulfed in flames on Millpond Road about 45 minutes after the body was found. Investigators were at the murder scene when law enforcement was notified about the burning vehicle.

 A child was present at some point during the shooting death and burning of the victim’s automobile, according to a Thomasville police officer.

William Henry Knight was indicted on charges of malice murder and armed robbery in the October 2012 death of his wife, Shirley Knight, who was found facedown on the floor of her business on East Jackson Street with stab wounds to the front of her body.

See Sunday's edition for more details.

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