The mother of a man accused of killing Dora teen Nicholas Hawkins has been charged with hindering prosecution in the case.
Lawanda Marie Reese, the mother of Joshua Adams Reese, was arrested for hindering prosecution, according to court documents. Her bond is set at $100,000.
The court documents say Reese hindered prosecution in the murder investigation on our about Feb. 22 in Dora. Her mug shot was not immediately available.
Joshua Adams Reese, 21, who had been previously called a “person of interest” in the case, is the third person charged with Hawkins’ murder. Law enforcement officers believe he was the one who shot Hawkins.
“We feel like our investigation shows that Joshua Reese is the person who shot and murdered Nicholas Hawkins," Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said in a news conference last week.
Law enforcement officers said Hawkins called his mom on Saturday, Feb. 13, frantically telling her that Reese was trying to kill him. After that, the phone went dead.
Based on that information, authorities felt they had enough information to question Joshua Reese.
Reese had been in custody of the Walker County Jail for the past 10 days on unrelated charges and was served the murder warrant on Friday morning. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Hawkins, 19, was reported missing earlier in February and police believed he was in danger. His vehicle was found at a Dora home on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Underwood said Hawkins was shot outside and police have recovered the murder weapon. He said everyone charged in Hawkins' death knew him personally.
"It's said that there were so many people involved, young people, for a senseless act," Hawkins' uncle Dan Frederick said.
Two other suspects, Danny Lee Jarvis and Cory Daniel Conner were charged with murder and arrested on Friday, Feb. 19. They were booked into jail on bonds of $250,000 each, according to court documents.
Two people have been charged with hindering prosecution in the case, Tessa Wise, 23, and Colton Echols.
Court documents said Wise provided criminal assistance to Joshua Reese and withheld information involving a murder case.
Sheriff Underwood said on Friday they still expect to arrest one more person in connection to the case.
Underwood said he was not at liberty to discuss a motive in the murder, but said he thought investigators had a good handle on it.
Hawkins' body was found buried under brush and debris near a house on K D Byrd Station Road, which is also known as a dumping spot.
Sheriff Underwood said an investigator found the body. He added that Hawkins' family said they thought they had seen his car near the area and investigators checked a number of side roads and known dumping spots.
"My heart goes out to the family. Their the ones living with this nightmare and it doesn't stop today. It will be with them the rest of their lives," District Attorney Bill Adair said.
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