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Two men indicted in April murder

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

A Clayton County grand jury has indicted two men, in the April 28 shooting death of another man, in Stockbridge.

The indictment, issued in Clayton County Superior Court on Wednesday, alleges that Jason Leon Heywood, 25, of Stockbridge, and Claude Keith Hunter, II, 23, of Hampton, murdered Andrew Wilson, 23, by shooting him with a handgun.

The incident occurred at Hyde Park Apartments, at 3386 Mount Zion Road, in Stockbridge, in front of apartment buildings 12 and 13, according to an arrest warrant.

The indictment charges both defendants with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes, concealing the death of another, and tampering with evidence.

Heywood was also indicted on additional charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the arrest warrant, Heywood and Hunter allegedly caused Wilson's death "by shooting him once in the right shoulder, causing a bullet to enter his neck."

The defendants "were both seen by witnesses in the victim's black ... Nissan Altima immediately before and after hearing a gunshot," the warrant said.

According to the warrant affidavit, Clayton County Police Officer J. Owensby arrived on the scene and located Wilson, who had been shot and was not responsive. The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta, and later died as a result of the gunshot wound, in surgery, the next day, the affidavit said.

While performing a search outside the vehicle, Owensby located an Express Oil Change service review form, which was linked to a 1992 Saturn Sedan, with a partial VIN number, the affidavit said. The VIN was confirmed, through a database, as being registered to Claude Keith Hunter, II.

According to the affidavit, officials spoke to the victim's girlfriend, Samantha Lane, who told them that her boyfriend had been driving a 2008 Nissan Altima and went to Hyde Park Apartments to purchase marijuana. She said that Wilson was carrying $1,300, when she last saw him earlier that night. The affidavit said that when the victim was found, only $200 was located inside the vehicle.

The warrant states that the subjects were both "seen in what appeared to be ... a panic, wiping down the victim's vehicle and fleeing the scene."

"Two separate photographic lineups were completed on both subjects, Jason Leon Heywood and Claude Keith Hunter, II, to show witnesses in this case," the warrant affidavit said.

The affidavit added that two witnesses positively identified Heywood and Hunter as the offenders in the case.

Heywood is represented by Attorney Charles M. Evans, and Hunter is represented by Attorney Herbert Adams, Jr., who could not be reached for comment, on Thursday.