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Last of 18 suspects arrested

By Greg Gelpi

Law enforcement officials have arrested all 18 suspects, who have been indicted in the in the killing of 4-year-old Travon Wilson .

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said that his department's fugitive unit and Cobra gang and drug enforcement unit and the Clayton County Police Department's SWAT Team made the last of the arrests Saturday.

Hill credited "just good basic police work" in capturing the suspects.

The most recent arrests were of Mark Wayne Hunter, charged with aggravated assault, felony murder, conspiracy and possession of a firearm; Julian Jarral Robbs, charged with aggravated assault, felony murder, conspiracy and possession of a firearm; Brandon Jerard White, charged with conspiracy; Benjamin Leander Thompson, charged with aggravated assault, felony murder, conspiracy and possession of a firearm and Terry Tyrone Davis II, identified in previous court hearings as the leader of the Southside Mafia, one of the gangs involved in the shootout.

Last week, Clayton County District Attorney Jewel Scott announced the indictments of the individuals she said were somehow involved with the June 6, 2004, shootout in which Wilson was killed. Five of the people indicted were already in Clayton County jail.

They are Deontrez Williams, Christopher Emmanuel, Cori Davis and Xavious Cerdera Taylor who had previously been charged in the case, and Gregory Marquay Sutton who is in jail on another charge.

By 4 a.m. Wednesday law enforcement units had arrested Normiez Norquis Reeves, Brian Taliaferro Smith, Vincent Shernard Wood, all charged with conspiracy to commit felony murder, Hill said.

Jemario Chavez Clayton, charged with aggravated assault, felony murder, conspiracy to commit felony murder and possession of a firearm and Rico Bricent West, charged with tampering with evidence, were also arrested. Hill said the suspects were found at their homes or friends' homes around Clayton County.

Natasha Davis Anthony and Lawanna Denise Davis, charged with making false statements to police in connection with the investigation, and Achilles Anselmo Bowen also charged with conspiracy, were arrested Thursday.

More than 50 shots were exchanged between the Hit Squad and Southside Mafia, and the Clayton County grand jury sent a message that the particular shot that killed Wilson isn't relevant, Clayton County Senior Assistant District Attorney Bonnie Smith said.

On the day of the shooting Williams and Taylor, believed to be members of the Hit Squad, went to meet the leader of the Southside Mafia, members of a multi-agency task force said in previous testimony.

Williams and Taylor were confronted by about 30 Southside Mafia members who were standing near some woods on the edge of the park. A shoot-out erupted between the two sides and the bullet that killed Wilson is believed to have come from a rifle from the direction of the Southside Mafia members.

The charge of felony murder carries a life sentence, while conspiracy to commit felony murder and tampering with evidence carry sentences of one to 10 years.