2 charged with murder in death of Dora teen
WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Two people have been charged with murder in the death of Dora teen Nicholas Hawkins.
Danny Lee Jarvis and Cory Daniel Conner were charged and arrested Friday, Feb. 19. They were booked into jail on bonds of $250,000 each, according to court documents.
Just before 5 p.m. Monday, we spoke to Hawkins' uncle, Dan Frederick, about this news.
"Yes, this is definitely good news," he said. "Justice can be served for Nick. It was a senseless crime, no reason justified. It's happy news for the whole family."
Frederick said the family will be fully satisfied when "everybody involved in it" is brought to justice.
Sheriff James "Jim" Underwood said he expects more people to be charged in Hawkins' death. Underwood said the person of interest arrested for questioning last week remains a person interest.
The body of Nicholas Hawkins, 19, was found in the Quinton area Feb. 16. The coroner's office confirmed it was Hawkins the next day. He died from a gunshot wound, according to the Walker County Sheriff's Office.
Hawkins was reported missing last week. His vehicle was found at a Dora home on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Relatives said that the body was found 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.
Hawkins' body was found buried under brush and debris.
Because the body was wrapped in a number of blankets and other items Underwood says they didn't unwrap the body to persevere any possible evidence.
Family members told authorities that Hawkins said someone was trying to harm him before he disappeared.
A person of interest in Hawkins' disappearance is still being held in the Walker County Jail on unrelated charges, the sheriff confirmed on Thursday.
The person of interested has not yet been charged in connection to Hawkins' disappearance or death.
Dora Police Chief Jared Hall said on Saturday night, Hawkins called his mom, frantically telling her that the person of interest was trying to kill him. After that, the phone went dead.
Based on that information, authorities felt they had enough information to question that person.
They also found Hawkins' car at the home of a mutual friend of Hawkins and the person of interest. Forensic experts are looking through the car to see if there is any DNA evidence inside.
Hawkins' body was transferred to the state forensics department in Huntsville.
Hawkins' family is grieving the loss.
"We are taking it as best we can but our hearts are breaking," Hawkin's brother, Jacob, said. "My heart has been ripped out."
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