Sixth Arrest Made in Murder of Alabama Teen Who Called Mother Saying 'Someone Is Trying to Kill Me'
Three people are facing charges for allegedly lying to investigators about Nicholas Hawkins' murder
Investigators have arrested a sixth person on charges related to the murder last month of an Alabama teen who was found dead three days after he called his mother and said, “Someone is trying to kill me.”
Lawanda Marie Reese, 39, has also been charged for allegedly hindering prosecution. Police claim that she lied to detectives about the whereabouts of her son, Joshua Adam Reese, 21, who was recently charged with murder, law enforcement officials tell PEOPLE.
Investigators say Reese fired the shots that killed Hawkins, who went missing Feb. 13 after a call with his mother was abruptly disconnected.
Police claim the call cut out mere moments after Hawkins proclaimed, “Someone is trying to kill me.” He was reported missing the next day.
Hawkins’ remains were found on Feb. 16, wrapped in a blanket and dumped in a wooded area in Quinton, Alabama.
• Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.
In addition to Lawanda Reese, Colton Stephen Echols, 20, and Tessa Wise, 23, have also been charged with hindering prosecution of the Hawkins case, according to police, who allege they lied to investigators about the teen’s slaying.
Jonathan Reese is being held on $250,000 bail while Lawanda’s bond has been set at $100,000. Both Echols and Wise remain in police custody, also on $100,000 bail, according to court records.
Two other men have also been charged with Hawkins’ murder: Corey Daniel Conner, 28, and Danny Lee Jarvis, 22, are being held on $250,000 bail each.
Information on the defendants’ pleas and attorneys was unavailable Thursday.
Police claim they’ve identified a motive for the Hawkins murder but have not disclosed it.