Guilty verdict in district's first ever gang-related murder trial

Guilty verdict in district's first ever gang-related murder trial

CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - A man on trial for murder has been found guilty on all counts.

Rocquel Chavers was convicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy to murder, street gang terrorism, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was sentenced to life without parole plus 25 years.

Rocquel Quinton Chavers, 31, along Rontavious Domonic Towns, 21, were arrested and charged with murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault, among other charges.

Andreika Harper was also arrested and charged with the murder. Harper and Towns are set to go on trial in November along with Shaquille Jackson and Kelvy Henton. Henton and Jackson are charged with conspiracy and gang charges.

Armstrong was found dead on September 12 on Ferry Landing Road in Crisp County. Authorities determined that he died from a gunshot wound.

Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock released this statement after the verdict:

I want to personally thank the members of the Crisp County Sheriff's Office who worked long hours last September compiling phone calls, interviews and many other pieces of evidence that resulted in today's successful prosecution of Rocquel Chavers.

Your dedication and hard work alongside members of the GBI and numerous other agencies provided District Attorney, Denise Fachini, and her first assistant Brad Rigby a solid case to present to the jury. The District Attorney and her staff did a great job in painting a picture of the horrific crime committed by Chavers.  They kept the jurors attention and made it possible for them to see the crime committed.  I also want to thank the jurors for serving, and for returning the guilty verdict.

It was great to watch the teamwork between all the agencies. I pray that for the family of Jasperin Armstrong that this guilty verdict will help provide closure to a horrible loss.

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