Officers Raid House

Suspected drug dealer, fatal shooting suspect arrested

by Wes Mayer

alt


Two men – one of them recently bonded out of jail for two counts of murder – were arrested Thursday during an investigation by the sheriff’s office’s crime suppression unit.

At the beginning of the month, investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Suppression Unit, led by Investigator Ronald Benjamin, began watching a suspicious home at 256 Wallace Gray Road, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. During their investigation, authorities found the home was getting a lot of foot and vehicle traffic, and people were coming and leaving without staying for very long.

Suspecting illegal activity was taking place in the home, investigators had a confidential informant enter the home, and the informant was able to purchase crack cocaine from the homeowner, Kenneth Brown, 53, Yarbrough said. After this, authorities obtained a search warrant and executed it Thursday morning.

Inside the home, they found Brown, and a man recently bonded out of jail for two counts of murder, Kamikie Nechez Wilkins.

Wilkins, 23, was found lying in a bedroom. Wilkins was arrested in late March for the fatal shooting on Hill Street in Newnan that killed both Darian Person, 23, and Gregory Marquel Anderson, 31. He was held at the Coweta County Jail until July 13, when he was bonded out for $33,150, said jail secretary Mylynda Smith.

During their search, investigators and patrol deputies found baggies of crack cocaine, a smoking device and some cash, which was all collected as evidence, Yarbrough said. Near Wilkins in the bedroom, investigators found more baggies of crack cocaine, a digital scale and some marijuana cigarettes, and underneath a pillow was a black Smith & Wesson handgun with its serial number partially rubbed off.

According to Yarbrough, Wilkins admitted to owning the firearm and said he bought it from the area of Fairmount Drive in Newnan for his personal protection. The handgun has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab to see if it is connected to any other crimes.

After this, Brown was charged with possession of cocaine and sale of cocaine, and Wilkins was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and altering the identity of the firearm, Yarbrough said. They were both transported to the Coweta County Jail and Wilkins is being held without bond.

The case is still under investigation. More charges, including gang-related charges, may follow, Yarbrough said.






More Local

Gray found guilty of rape

Guilty was the verdict reached in the sleepwalking rape trial of Benjamin Gray. After three hours after beginning their deliberation, the ju ... Read More


Sexsomnia or rape? Verdict in jury’s hands

Closing arguments in the sleepwalking rape trial of Benjamin Gray concluded Friday. Coweta County Assistant District Attorney Herb Cranford ... Read More


118 Newnan High students tested for TB

More than a hundred tuberculosis exposure tests were administered at Newnan High School on Friday, as earlier in the week a NHS student was ... Read More


Senoia man arrested after fleeing from officer

A Senoia area man was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Coweta County Jail after allegedly leading a Coweta County sheriff's deputy on a hig ... Read More


UPDATE

Wreck victim in fair condition

James Hand, who was injured in a motor vehicle crash Thursday morning, was listed in fair condition Friday at Atlanta Medical Center. Hand w ... Read More

Prescribed burn smokes out Lake Redwine

A large fire that brought days of smoke and acrid smells to the Lake Redwine area was a prescribed burn that was done in accordance with cur ... Read More