Two more DeKalb County teenagers have been charged with murder in the January shooting death of an east Macon man, according to Macon police.
Adrian Sparrow, 18, and Tavion Simms, 19, were taken into custody Tuesday at Southwest DeKalb County High School by members of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force and brought back to Macon, according to a police news release.
Sparrow and Simms are accused in the death of 58-year-old Michael Wilkins, who was found dead in the basement of his Springwood Drive home Jan. 25.
Police arrested another Southwest DeKalb High student, 19-year-old Justin Miles Wingate, on Thursday.
Wingate, Wilkins’ godson, is being held at the Bibb County jail without bond on murder charges, according to jail records.
Sparrow and Simms, both of Decatur, also are being held without bond, according to jail records.
Police detective Wilton Collins said officers have determined Wilkins died sometime after lunch Jan. 23, two days before his body was discovered.
“We’re still trying to pin it down,” Collins said.
Police have said robbery was the apparent motive for the killing. Collins said Tuesday that $14,000 in cash was taken from Wilkins’ house.
Collins described Sparrow and Simms as Wingate’s friends.
Wingate used Sparrow and Simms as alibi witnesses, saying all three teens were together in the Atlanta area at the time of the killing, Collins said.
“They were more involved than we previously thought,” he said.
Although Collins wouldn’t say what role each of the teens played in the killing, he said Sparrow and Simms traveled to Macon with Wingate.
Officers are still investigating which teen actually fired the shot that killed Wilkins, he said.
A co-worker and a neighbor called police Jan. 25 after Wilkins failed to show up at his job at Bumper to Bumper, an auto-parts store on Whitfield Street. Wilkins had retired from Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., former co-workers said.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.