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Teen charged with capital murder in Talladega Co. homicide

Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 10:01 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:25 AM CDT
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TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - The Talladega County Sheriff’s Office announced that an arrest has been made in an Alpine homicide at the 4 Way Grocery on Tuesday, June 29.

Investigators with the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office arrested 17-year-old LaKenderick Jamal Jones on Tuesday, July 20, for the murder of 73-year-old William Gerry Taylor.

Deputies say Jones has been charged with Capital Murder.

On June 29 at 2 p.m., deputies responded to the 4 Way Grocery in the 7000 block of Plant Road. When they arrived, they found Taylor unresponsive, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones is being held at the Talladega County Jail without bond.

Residents say although it’s only been a few weeks but the shooting death of Taylor has left a void in the Alpine community in more ways than one.

John Garrett says he shopped at the 4 Way Stop Grocery store everyday. Now the store has closed and residents have to travel miles away for necessities.

“I can tell the difference,” says Garrett. “I can’t get my cigarettes from there. I have to drive about 8 miles. 7-8 miles. It’s not a store. They took that away from us.”

He describes Taylor’s store as a one-stop shop. Taylor sold everything from milk to car batteries. Now Garrett says some have to travel almost a hour a way.

“Some people got their groceries from there,” says Garrett. “But they also took that away from people who used him and didn’t have transportation to get to Talladega. Elderly people don’t have transportation to get there.”

Garrett says he’s glad to see someone charged with Taylor’s murder. The Talladega County Sheriffs Office says more arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

If you have any information that could help deputies solve this homicide, you’re asked to call the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office at 256-761-2141. You can also leave an anonymous tip at this link or call Crime Stoppers at 334-215-7867.

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