Jasento L. Flowers Sr. may have sensed the cops closing in.
Theyd been hunting him night and day for nearly a week and a half.
His family was worried sick. One of his sisters couldnt sleep, with him on the run.
Flowers, wanted in the Feb. 22 handgun slaying of his estranged wife, Bridgette M. Flowers, 38, and the shooting of two east Macon teens, turned himself in before daybreak Tuesday at the Bibb County jail.
About 2 a.m., Flowers, 43, walked in the lockups back door along Hawthorne Street and apparently told a deputy behind a window why he was there.
What no one seems to know is where he had come from, where hed been.
There was speculation he might have fled to northern Florida. Hed once lived there with relatives.
I cant tell you 100 percent where he was, but we did have some people who were helping us, said John Edgar, a deputy U.S. marshal with the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. But we never had a good, firm address for him.
Even so, on Tuesday afternoon Edgar said, I was hoping we were going to have him caught today.
Edgar said fugitives tend to avoid kin, that invariably they reach out to acquaintances, girlfriends, preferably ones miles away from where their alleged crimes happened.
It doesnt appear Flowers, said to be a womanizer, holed up with a love interest.
He probably reached out to some associates that took him in, Edgar said. The associates may not have known that he was wanted.
He said Flowers family was concerned for his safety as days passed and Flowers remained at large.
When you get stressed out like that, youre not real stable, so thats what they were worried about, Edgar said. I guess his conscience got the best of him.
Always had plenty women
Bridgette Flowers was buried Saturday.
She was a mother figure to Jamesia Williams.
Williams, 18, who lived with her, was shot in the right leg when Jasento Flowers allegedly cruised past their apartment on Maynard Street and opened fire Feb. 22.
Bridgette Flowers had been fatally shot minutes earlier at the wheel of her minivan when she dropped someone off on Trinity Place, the street where her estranged husband lived.
Investigative accounts have said Jasento Flowers shot her in the head and kept firing as people in the van drove away toward Emery Highway and her house on Maynard, roughly half a mile to the west.
Were kind of relieved, happy that he is off the streets, Williams said Tuesday.
Had Jasento Flowers not turned himself in or been caught, his youngest sister was considering writing him an open letter and sending it to The Telegraph.
Regina Flowers, 42, was glad her brother turned himself in.
Because if he did it, he needs to pay for what he done. ... If he wouldnt have turned his self in -- if I would have knew where he was -- I would have turned him in, she said.
With her brother on the lam, she said, he just had us so scared.
Regina Flowers cant understand how he could have lashed out and done what he is accused of doing. When she heard he was wanted for murder, she told her daughter, Girl, go on and stop playing. Who Sento gonna kill?
I still cant accept the fact that my sister-in-law gone, Regina Flowers said.
She said she didnt have a clue where her brother may have hidden.
If you know the authorities looking for you ... aint no need in you running, she said. Because if you aint guilty, you look guilty by running.
Asked how he might have laid low, Regina Flowers could only guess.
We from the country, she said. We used to camp out and all kinds of stuff when we were kids. ... Aint no telling.
Relatives say Jasento and Bridgette Flowers, together for about eight years, had split up in recent weeks. The relatives say the slain woman was fed up with him cheating on her.
Regina Flowers says her chubby, 5-foot-7 brother always had plenty women. I cant lie to you. I call him a whore. ... Ladies liked that little-bitty short man.
On Valentines Day, Jasento Flowers was jailed for allegedly punching his wife and knocking her out in an eastside Wal-Mart.
Regina Flowers says she spoke to Bridgette Flowers afterward and asked, What you gonna do? You gonna press charges?
Regina Flowers says her sister-in-law replied, No, I aint gonna press no charges. ... I love my husband.
And he loved her, too, Regina Flowers added. But hes ... just a whorish man. ... But otherwise he loved his wife.
Less than a week after Jasento Flowers was bailed out of jail for the alleged Wal-Mart incident, Bridgette Flowers was dead.
The right thing to do
Jasento Flowers lawyer said he had no idea where his client went in the days after the shooting.
But about 12 hours after Flowers surrendered, Flowers and attorney Franklin J. Hogue shook hands and stood side by side in a jailhouse courtroom.
Flowers family first contacted Hogue on Monday, Hogue explained later, and then called again after Flowers turned himself in.
Flowers, charged with murder, three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, didnt speak at his less-than-two-minute-long Bibb County Magistrate Court hearing.
On Flowers behalf, Hogue requested and was granted a March 18 commitment hearing, where deputies are expected to testify about why Flowers was arrested.
After Tuesdays hearing, Hogue spoke of Flowers decision to turn himself in.
He knew there were warrants for his arrest, Hogue said. And thats the right thing to do unless you want to live your life as a fugitive.
Flowers son, Jasento L. Flowers Jr., was arrested soon after the killing and charged with tampering with evidence at the scene on Trinity Place.
A day later, the senior Flowers decade-old, black BMW 740i turned up at a relatives house.
After that, his trail went cold.
Writers Amy Leigh Womack and Liz Fabian contributed to this report. To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.