Bainbridge man sentenced to life without parole in Crisp Co. murder trial

Published 8:21 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Friday, a Bainbridge man was sentenced to life without parole plus 25 years for the murder of a man in Crisp County last September.

Rocquel Quinton Chavers, 31, of Bainbridge, was convicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy to murder, street gang terrorism, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Sept. 12, 2014, the body of Jasperin Armstrong was found adjacent to Ferry Landing Road in Crisp County. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound. Sept. 16, 2014, Chavers was arrested with the assistance of Bainbridge Public Safety and Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.

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“I want to personally thank the members of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office who worked long hours last September compiling phone calls, interviews and many other pieces of evidence that resulted in [Friday’s] successful prosecution of Rocquel Chavers,” Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said in a statement last week. “Your dedication and hard work alongside members of the GBI and numerous other agencies provided District Attorney Denise Fachini, and her assistant Brad Rigby a solid case to present the jury. The District Attorney and her staff did a great job in painting a picture of the horrific crime committed by Chavers. They kept the jurors attention and made it possible for them to see the crime committed. I also want to thank the jurors for serving, and for returning the guilty verdict. It was great to watch the teamwork between all the agencies. I pray that for the family of Jasperin Armstrong that this guilty verdict will help provide closure to a horrible loss.”

Three Cordele men and a Bainbridge woman were also arrested and charged in relation to the murder.

Andreika Lynette Harper, 26, of Bainbridge, faces charges of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. She was arrested in Decatur County Oct. 1, 2014.

Rontavious Dominic Towns, 21, of Cordele also faces charges of murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.

Shaquille Jackson, 21, of Cordele, is charged with conspiracy to commit homicide and criminal street gang acts. Kelvy Sherron Henton is faces the same charges.

Harper, Towns, Jackson and Henton are scheduled to go on trial in November.

Decatur County Sheriff’s Office investigator Lt. Redell Walton assisted with the case after Harper asked for guidance after the incident.

“The Crisp County investigators would have gotten to the same place, but I think the [DCSO] helped get them there just little bit quicker,” Walton said. “It was just a pleasure to be associated with a group so dedicated to solving and putting this case away.”

Walton said that Chavers was involved with the Rollin 20s Bloods in Southwest Georgia and Chavers behind bars is good for Decatur County.

“If he was controlling the Rollin 20s in Cordele, then there had to be something going on in Decatur County,” Walton said. “Hopefully now it’s out of the local picture.”

An extensive investigation by the GBI, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, the Cordele Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, the Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Office, the United States Marshall’s Service, the Bainbridge Public Safety Department and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrests.