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Bond set in gang-related murder case

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A murder suspect and alleged member of a violent Atlanta street gang was in Clayton County Superior Court Tuesday morning asking for bond on 19 felony counts.

Judge Geronda Carter set a total $200,000 bond on the two charges for which Kyshawn Williams was arrested in December but said she needed time to consider bond on the remaining counts. The law requires bond be set when a suspect is jailed for more than 90 days without being indicted.

Clayton County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Katie Powers didn't object to bond for the two charges, acknowledging that Williams wasn't indicted within the parameters of the law. She said she waited for DNA test results to come back from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab before presenting the case to a grand jury, which she did in April.

"This defendant wore a 'Jason'-type mask, he is alleged to be the shooter," she said. "That mask was recovered. One of the delays in getting the case to the grand jury was the results of the GBI DNA tests. His saliva was found on the mask."

Powers said Williams fled the scene with five others. All six were indicted in April in the shooting death of Tavares Moses — Williams, Quandala Nicole Kilgore, Sierra Samone Gilliam, Larry Eugene Lupoe, Jacobey Sean Carter and Parris Lavajie Stready.

Prosecutors allege that Williams, Carter and Lupoe are members of Pittsburgh Jack City Boys, a violent Atlanta street gang. Some members were arrested last month and charged with a brutal attack on a gay man on an Atlanta street. Other members were indicted in the shooting death of another Atlanta man in November 2010.

The three women are alleged prostitutes, Powers said. All are charged with murder and other felonies.

Powers said Tuesday that Williams, 21, and Carter, 24, are suspects in a Sept. 7 Fulton County murder. However, Williams' criminal history extends to August 2007 when he was of high school age and arrested for robbery by snatching in Atlanta, she said. Two months later, he was charged in a fight at school with members of a rival gang.

In January 2008, he was arrested for obstruction of an officer and theft by receiving stolen property. Powers said he pleaded guilty in Fulton County and got 15 years on probation. While serving probation, Williams was arrested for theft by taking in Fulton County in October 2010 and burglary in Rockdale County in August 2011.

A year after the Rockdale burglary, Williams is alleged to have shot Moses, who died four days later. Police said Moses was lured to his death by the three alleged prostitutes who knew he had money.

Williams' defense attorney, Andre Sailers Jr., asked for reasonable bond on all charges, noting that Williams was arrested on two charges but indicted on 17 additional charges. Sailers told Carter that Williams' mother, sister, brother and child's mother were present at the hearing and that if he makes bond, he will be living with his father on Church Street in Atlanta.

Sailers said Williams has three other children he supports.

"We believe this case was overcharged and the only way he's tied to this case are three co-defendants," said Sailers. "One is an admitted pimp, the other two are prostitutes. There is no evidence that I know of."

Powers objected to bond on the new charges, saying he is a flight risk, at "significant" risk to commit other felonies and to intimidate witnesses.

In a warrant issued to Forest Park police Detective Jessica Raley, Kilgore is accused of texting Moses a proposition for her and two women to have sex with him and two men for $100. Raley said Kilgore and the women went to the lodge Aug. 2 about 3 a.m.

Witness Deandre Miller reportedly told police that he opened the door to find the three women and three unknown masked men. Miller allegedly told police the three men demanded money and went through his pockets and the pockets of the other occupants of the room — Moses, Jumario Booker and Carlos Wilson.

The warrant alleges that one of the masked men began firing his weapon, at least four times, and hit Moses twice in the chest. The six alleged intruders fled the area in a vehicle, according to the warrant.