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Orange Street murder trial begins this week

One of three charged to face jury

            One of three men charged in the Oct. 14, 2006 murder of a Statesboro man will face a jury this week. Kendall Worthy, 20, Waycross, is one of four men prosecutors say are responsible for the death of Corey Oneil Walker, 21, whom police said was killed by two shots from a semi-automatic weapon.

            Two others were also shot during the incident on Orange Street last fall, which investigators have said was likely drug-related. James L. Williams, 43,  was struck twice while Chalandria McClouden, 30, was struck by  bullet fragments, according to reports.

            Also charged in the shootings were Frederico Mikell, 30, Grady Street Extension, Statesboro; Marcus Maurice Benbow, 39, Waycross,, and Bryan Lazarus Hughley, 35, Waycross, said Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Daphne Jarriel, who is handling the case.

            The suspects will be tried separately, she said.

            Investigators believe Benbow, Worthy and Hughley came to Statesboro to buy drugs, and the shooting was a possible robbery attempt, Statesboro Police Det. Tommy Brown said shortly after the shooting incident. Brown and  Det. James Winskey handled the investigation.

             Brown said crime lab reports from an autopsy revealed Walker suffered two shooting injuries - one to his stomach area and another to the upper torso. The death was ruled homicide, he said.

            Jury selection was held for the  trial last week, and Worthy's trial is expected to begin Wednesday, Jarriel said.

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