By Patrick Yost editor
A young man who was 16–years–old at the time of a deadly assault, now faces felony murder charges. A Morgan County Grand Jury last week returned indictments against Javories Dominic Anderson, 17, Madison for felony murder and aggravated assault. Anderson was arrested on April 12, the same day Willy Paul Russell, 51, was found unconscious on the ground near a walking path between Mapp Street and Burney Street. Russell died on November 23, 2014 and after his death a Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy alleged that Russell’s death was a “homicide due to complications of blunt force trauma caused by assault,” reports said.
Anderson was initially indicted on aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges during a September, 2014 session of the Morgan County Grand Jury. At that time indictments alleged that Anderson’s attack on Russell “… seriously disfiguring his body by repeatedly hitting and kicking him about the face and head…” The indictments also alleged that Anderson’s attack rendered “…a member of (Russell’s) body, his brain, useless by repeatedly hitting an kicking him about the face and head…” Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, said Russell had last been seen unharmed at approximately midnight the day of the attack.
Anderson was detained in Social Circle after the attack and remains incarcerated. Soon after the attack Thompson said authorities believed the motive for the attack was robbery but they had not made a clear determination that Russell had been robbed. Madison police have also tried to determine if others were involved in the deadly attack. Anderson lost juvenile protection after the initial indictment was returned and will now be tried as an adult. Punishment for felony murder include life imprisonment or death.