Three men have been charged in an 11-year-old cold case in Ware County in which a man’s burned body was found off a rural road west of Waycross, Sheriff Randy Royal said.
In June 2006 a passerby spotted a burned body on Georgia 122 just west of North Clough Bay Road. Investigators used dental records and tattoos familiar to the victim’s family to identify him as Anthony Dale Vickers, 36.
Ten days later the Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help in locating Dexter Vashon Carradine, 42, and William Charles Faison, 38, so investigators could question them about Vickers’ death. Now the two men along with Robert Nathan Hall, 48, of Independence, Mo., are charged with murder in the death.
Faison was arrested Wednesday without incident at his home in the 1000 block of Euclid Avenue in Waycross while the Jackson County sheriff in Missouri informed the Ware County Sheriff’s Office that Hall was in custody there on the Ware County warrant, Royal said. His extradition to Ware County is pending.
Carradine was served with a murder warrant Thursday at Autry State Prison in Pelham, Ga., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Carradine already is in prison for another murder in the May 2014 shooting death of Rodrez Deon Williams, 37, in Waycross. Investigators tied Carradine to that case after a witness told investigators he was seen throwing cellphones into a storm drain across town from where Williams had been shot to death. One of the cellphones was Carradine’s personal phone and the other was a disposable he had bought at Wal-Mart.
A Ware County Superior Court jury convicted him in March 2016 of murder and two firearms charges, and Judge Michael DeVane sentenced him to three consecutive life sentences.
Royal said the case had been investigated by his office and the GBI since Vickers’ body was found. It is believed Vickers, who died of a gunshot wound, was killed elsewhere and his body dumped off the long country road that locals call the Cogdell Highway.
Although Faison and Carradine had been sought for questioning soon after Vickers’ body was found, investigators didn’t have enough evidence to charge them or anyone else, Royal said.
“Their names and information kept coming up,” he said. “New information came up that led us to find probable cause to get the warrants.”
Royal thanked the GBI, the Waycross Police Department and his officers for their diligence in pursuing the investigation.
“It is my sincere hope that this brings closure to a 10-year-old homicide investigation,” he said.
Anyone with information in Vickers’ death is asked to call the GBI in Douglas at (912) 389-4103, the Ware County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 287-4325, or the Waycross Police Department at (912) 287-2929.
Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405