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GSP: Officers not at fault in fatal 2011 APD crash

ALBANY -- Neither officer involved in the Oct. 28, 2011, crash that killed Albany Police Department Cpl. Terry Lewis-Flemming took any action that contributed to the crash, according to a Georgia State Patrol Special Collision Reconstruction Team report.

"We are confident in the through investigation that was conducted by the Georgia State Patrol and the charges that resulted," said police Chief John Proctor.

Driving a patrol car in pursuit of armed thieves, Officer Gregory Batson crashed into the patrol car Lewis-Flemming was driving at the intersection of Blaylock Street and East Residence Avenue. Lewis-Flemming was killed when her car hit a tree and burst into flames.

According to a police report, "As the pursuit continued, the suspect's vehicle attempted a turn, causing two police cars to crash."

The suspects, 23-year-olds Wesley M. Wilkerson and Kentrell B. Butler, eventually crashed minutes later less than three miles away at Turner Field Road. Police put them in custody. Both remain in Dougherty County Jail charged with more than 15 crimes each, including murder, multiple counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated assault on police officers and illegal possession of firearms.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said that heavy court scheduling would probably see a trial scheduled sometime after January.

"We stand ready to prosecute these suspects to the fullest extent of the law on the charges," said District Attorney Greg Edwards, "including felony murder."

According to reports, Wilkerson and Butler walked into Consolidated Loan, 425 Pine Ave., before 3:30 p.m. After ordering two women clerks to "get down on the floor at gunpoint," Wilkerson put a gun to a clerk's head and demanded money from a safe, police reports state.

A customer is the office described the weapon as black and either a .38-caliber or 9mm handgun. "The black male held it in his right hand 'gangster style' as so it was being held sideways," reports state.

With no money in the safe, the robbers had a clerk empty about $665 into a bag from a cash drawer. The duo then led police on a high-speed chase as they tried to make an escape. During the pursuit Wilkerson, drove the getaway Chevrolet Tahoe into several parked cars, police say.

A police report stated, "The charge of murder was added to the list of charges based upon their actions during a high-speed vehicle pursuit. Their disregard to stop for Law Enforcement Officers caused the death of Corporal Terry Lewis-Flem(m)ing."

In a police report on the questioning of the suspects, Wilkerson said he decided to rob the loan office "because he needed money to buy some clothing items."

Comments

whattheheck 2 years ago

One could say there was no rush to judgement on this one with almost 14 months to ponder the outcome.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years ago

When the Fox guards the Hen House.......you can bet there will be no explanation for the disappearance of eggs!!

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