Double Murder Suspect in Custody




According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, Jeffery Wilcox, Jr., the suspect of a double homicide and kidnapping that occurred in the Tennala Community, is in custody.  Wilcox has been on the run from law enforcement since Sunday, July 31, 2016.


On Tuesday, August 2, a motorist reported a sighting of a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's on U.S. Highway 411 in Centre and called 911.  Dispatch broadcasted information of the sighting, and shortly thereafter Centre Police officers began to follow the suspect.  The suspect turned into the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office parking lot, where he was taken into custody without further incident.  The kidnapped victim was inside the suspect's truck and appeared to be unharmed.


According to Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton, the victims are identified as Daniel Andrews and Letitia B. Andrews, both age 48. The suspect is believed to be the son-in-law of Latisha Andrews and the stepson-in-law of Daniel Andrews.  According to Sheriff Shaver, the suspect kidnapped his wife and fled the scene. 


Sheriff Shaver complimented investigators of the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit for the successful conclusion of the investigation into this tragic situation.  Sheriff Shaver also expressed his appreciation for the support from multiple law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, and the JSU Center for Applied Forensics.