Trip to Ga. high school helps investigators ID suspects in teen's murder

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Police say a robbery investigation led them to arrest three suspects in the New Year's Eve murder of a teenager in Clayton County.

Cherish Williams, an 18-year-old Mundy's Mill High School senior, was listening to music with friends in a car at Independence Park in Jonesboro when three armed men approached them and demanded their valuables. 

As Williams got out of the car, she was shot. She died on the way to the hospital.

On Jan. 2, a tipster gave detectives the name of a suspect and photos of four other possible suspects in the murder.

A visit to Mundy's Mill High helped detectives identify the names of those four potential suspects.

A few days later, the mother of a robbery victim told police that she thought the same people responsible in that crime also committed Williams' murder.

Detectives interviewed the victims in that robbery again, who were able to identify the suspects as the people who robbed them. Investigators were then able to link several other robbery cases the suspects were tied to. 

Early on, detectives felt that they knew of one the suspects in Williams' murder, but continued to pursue the case.

On Jan. 11, police executed a search warrant at the homes of 16-year-old Dequan Robinson, 16-year-old Aaron Drummond and 17-year-old Kenan Scurry, who were believed to behind several armed robberies in the Independence Park area. During those searches, police said they were able to recover "a litany" of evidence connecting the three to the robberies. 

Robinson and Drummond, who were believed to have been involved in Williams' death, were arrested on armed robbery charges and have since been in custody.

Another search warrant was executed on Feb. 1 that led to the arrests of 15-year-old Ulas Scurry and 17-year-old Jakeem Williams. 

Police determined that Williams was the third suspect in the New Year's Eve murder. He's been held in custody since February.

From that time through June, investigators continued to work the case, searching cell phones and social media accounts on all five suspects. Eventually, detectives linked 18-year-old Norman Logan to the five suspects. He'd been jailed since August 2016 on a home invasion charged.

On June 21, a Clayton County grand jury indicted the six suspects on a total of 152 charges. 

Robinson, Drummond and Jakeem Williams are charged with felony murder in the death of Cherish Williams. The others face charges including armed robbery, home invasion, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery, loitering and prowling, hijacking - motor vehicle, terroristic threats and minor in possession of a handgun. 

All suspects are being charged as adults.

In the days after the murder, Williams' mother, Robin Reid, described her daughter as a "very loving person, direct person, spicy person, fun person." She said her daughter's death had left her with a deep pain. 

"You're never prepared for any news like that as a parent. I wouldn't wish that on nobody," Reid said. "It's a hard pill to swallow."

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