Houston grand jury indicts men in alleged contract killing

bpurser@macon.comMarch 26, 2014 

PERRY -- A Houston County grand jury has indicted two men on charges of malice murder, felony murder and conspiracy to commit murder in an alleged contract killing gone awry.

Devasko Dewayne Lewis, 35, of Cordele, and Jamarcus Akeem Clark, 23, of Ashburn, also were indicted Tuesday on charges of aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the Jan. 14 slaying of Kerry Glenn behind a manufactured home near Perry.

Glenn was the nephew of Corey Daniels, a co-defendant in a federal trucking case against Lewis. Daniels cut a deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against Lewis.

Authorities allege Lewis was going to pay Clark to take out Daniels. But Glenn, who had only recently started staying with Daniels, was killed instead. Glenn was shot once in the back of the head.

Lewis and Clark were also indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm during a crime in an alleged related incident in Perry a few days before the killing.

In the Jan. 9 incident in the 1100 block of Jewell Drive, Clark is accused of knocking on the front door, hearing Daniels’ mother answer and then firing two shots through the front door. No one was hurt.

Both men were being held Wednesday without bond at the Houston County jail.

The defense for Lewis quickly rejected the prosecution’s theory of a contract killing, arguing in part that the federal charges against Lewis are relatively minor.

“If they can prove that down the road, let them try,” Franklin J. Hogue, a Macon attorney representing Lewis, said during a February hearing in which bond was denied.

Hogue said then that the prosecution’s case in the killing hinges on testimony from Clark, who Hogue said admitted to shooting Glenn and then later told authorities that Lewis hired him.

David G. Daniell, a Warner Robins attorney appointed to represent Clark, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Daniell has filed a motion for bond consideration for Clark.

Authorities have no evidence that money was exchanged between the two, Hogue said. But District Attorney George Hartwig has argued that a video taken outside a convenience store the same day that Glenn was killed allegedly shows Lewis giving Clark the vehicle that Clark drove to Perry for the slaying.

A federal grand jury indicted Lewis on May 16 on charges of making false statements and conspiring to continue operating his trucking company after he was ordered to cease. Lewis, who ran Lewis Trucking, was told to stop operations under an order issued in October 2008 by a branch of the Department of Transportation. The order was issued based on safety issues and other irregularities.

Lewis is accused of violating the order by continuing to operate commercial motor vehicles and concealing his true involvement by filing applications for Department of Motor Carrier numbers under names other than his own.

When he was ordered to stop operations, Lewis continued operating and served a short stint in prison under similar charges he’s now facing. The current allegations against him are that he continued to run his trucking business from prison through another man. The federal case is pending.

Meanwhile, Clark has an unrelated burglary charge pending against him in Houston County Superior Court, records show.

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