Homicide victim 'not a violent guy'

By Ed Brock

Shana McLester said her brother Charles "Peanut" Ammons had had some trouble with the law before, but she has no idea why he was shot and killed along with his roommate.

"He wasn't a violent guy," McLester said. "You would really, really have to provoke him to make him be aggressive and strike back."

Ammons' body, and the body of 57-year-old Otis James Williams, were found behind Arrowhead Shopping Center on Tara Boulevard Sunday morning. They had been killed elsewhere and their bodies dumped there, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said.

On Tuesday police were still looking for clues on the where and why of Williams and 37-year-old Ammons' killing. Both men had lived together in Atlanta for about three months, McLester said.

Williams was "not a bad person" but she had only met him on one or two occasions, McLester said.

The last time she saw her brother, McLester said, he was sitting on the stairs of a church in his neighborhood with a woman on Sept. 21, the Tuesday before he was killed. McLester drove by and waved.

Ammons' birthday was Thursday, and he had a court appearance on Friday around 2 p.m. for a traffic charge. McLester, whose birthday was Friday, said Ammons made that court appearance and was supposed to call her for a ride or at least to wish her happy birthday.

"We knew something was wrong because he didn't call," McLester said.

Turner said the bodies were probably dumped in the area some time late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

McLester said her brother, who had just been released last year from a 10-year prison sentence for aggravated assault, had been in and out of jail before that for minor crimes. Turner said previously that Williams also had a criminal history.

Ammons smoked marijuana and drank alcohol, but she never knew him to use other drugs such as crack, McLester said. But she did not have a very close relationship with her brother, does not have the same lifestyle and didn't hang around in the same neighborhood.

"I chose not to get caught up in that environment," McLester said.

McLester also said Ammons "had a little hustle going on to help pay the bills" but "he wasn't a kingpin."

And so far nobody in Ammons' neighborhood has been forthcoming with information on what led to his killing.

"I pray to God that somebody comes forward and lets somebody know something," McLester said.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call the Clayton County police at (770) 477-3605.