Two adults now in custody following Black Springs Road murder
In terms of homicide investigations, it's amazing the difference it makes when law enforcement actually receives help and cooperation from the public.
Such is the case with the murder of Syee Deon Havior, the 18-year-old Baldwin High student was fatally shot after coming home from work last week. WMAZ/Channel 13 ran a really thorough story late last week and talked to family members at the scene.
"Syee hollered out 'Daddy,' and then I heard like three or four more shots. I just jumped up and ran to him," said Otis Havior, Syee's father. "They say (Syee) died at the hospital, but I don't believe it, because when they were holding (his chest), he took his last breath."
Added the news report: "The GBI says someone stole weapons from the Havior home a few weeks earlier. Otis Havior said that he thought that the problem was resolved, but the invaders returned."
Around lunchtime Monday, 19-year-old Jarius Washington (pictured below) turned himself in at the county jail. Washington joins 18-year-old Malik Antravion Smith (pictured at top), who was arrested over the weekend in connection with the case, as well as a pair of juveniles.
One of those juveniles was involved in the stolen guns investigation from last month at the same home, which helped detectives get a head start on the case. In general, according to Maj. Brad King with the BCSO, "we were extremely fortunate with witnesses and cooperation from the public." Along with the residents of the home on Black Springs Road, detectives also received some good information from neighbors during a canvas of the area following the murder.
King added that one of the new Flock Security cameras in the area also gave them a leg up on the investigation.
"From our standpoint, those (Flock) cameras have been worth their weight in gold," King said. "They've helped us not just with this case, but with numerous other cases also in the short time that (the cameras) have been available."
The murder last week marked the first in Baldwin County in 2023. Last year, five local homicides were recorded, which equates a homicide rate of roughly 11.6, which is roughly 80 percent higher than the national average.