Suspect charged in 2011 murder in Jasper
by James Phillips
Sep 06, 2012 | 6795 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kendrick ‘Kenny T’ Cordell Evans
Kendrick ‘Kenny T’ Cordell Evans
Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe announced Wednesday afternoon that arrest warrants had been executed on a suspect in the July 2011 shooting death of a Jasper man.

Sgt. Daryl Atkins executed the arrest warrants on Kendrick “Kenny T” Cordell Evans, 23, who is being held in the Jasper City Jail. Evans, currently of Jasper but originally from Detroit, Mich. is charged with one count of capital murder and one count of attempted murder.

The charges are the result of an incident that happened on July 13, 2011, that left Jasper resident Greg “Homie” Johnson dead and another Jasper man, Jerrick McLemore, injured. Both had suffered gunshot wounds.

“The Jasper Police Department, assisted by several other agencies around the county, has concentrated many man hours on solving these crimes,” Rowe said. “This is the beginning of the ending of this case. We are not finished and the investigation will continue. We are deeply committed to bringing all parties responsible for this to justice.”

Rowe said violent crimes of this nature will not be tolerated.

“We understand we will forever fight some categories of crimes, but killing, and a killing of this nature, is taken very seriously by our department,” Rowe said. “We will not take these types of crimes off our focus ever. Our response will constantly be that these crimes will not be tolerated and will always be met with a strong response.”

Rowe said Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair and Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey have provided valuable assistance during this investigation.

“The district attorney has spent many hours with our officers on this case as we have worked to narrow the scope of the investigation,” Rowe said. “We appreciate his commitment to solving crimes in Walker County.”

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office has provided an extra investigator to assist with the case, Rowe said. Randy Sanford, an investigator with the sheriff’s office, is working closely with Jasper police on the investigation.

“We appreciate the sheriff combining our resources to solve these types of crimes,” Rowe said.

Atkins said Evans is also facing other felony charges not related to the homicide. Those charges are first-degree possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and second-degree receiving stolen property. Evans is being held in the city jail, but Rowe said he would soon be transferred to another correctional facility.

Throughout the investigation, Rowe said the family members of the victims have been a large part of her thought process.

“I’m eager to provide these victims’ families some level of resolution in these crimes,” Rowe said.

Anyone with more information on this case is urged to contact the Jasper Police Department 205-221-2121.