- Second arrest made
in Ross homicide -
Savannah Morning News - Savannah Now
A man initially charged with the
theft of a Ford Taurus allegedly used in the Jennifer Ross homicide
now faces murder charges.
Kevin Huckabee, 20, is the second man charged with murder and
aggravated assault with intent to commit armed robbery in connection
with the Christmas Eve shooting, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan
Police said. On Jan. 31, police arrested Michael Thorpe, 25.
Huckabee's arrest came late Tuesday night when detectives served him
with an arrest warrant at the Chatham County jail, where he was
being held on a theft by receiving charge and a probation violation,
according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Department.
Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson declined to say what role the two
men played in the Ross shooting, but said both are "principals in
Interim Chief Willie Lovett said other arrests are expected.
"The key to solving cases like this rest with producing a domino
effect, which shores up all the players," he said. "It takes time
and a lot of teamwork, and we're not done yet."
The shooting occurred about 3 a.m. as Ross, 19, and three friends
were walking near Barnard and Perry Streets.
The four, who had attended a Christmas Cotillion earlier in the
evening, were heading to an apartment to call a cab when two men
One man struck one of the members of the group in the head with a
pistol, according to a police report. The other shot Ross in the
back after trying to grab her purse.
The attackers fled with two other men in a gray Ford Taurus, police
Ross was rushed to Memorial Health University Medical Center, where
she died New Year's Day after suffering an aneurism.
Huckabee has been in jail since Jan. 14 when police linked him to
the Taurus used in the Ross attack. The car was stolen from Savannah
Toyota, detectives said.
On Jan. 12, officers seized the car from a Wheaton Street auto
repair business and arrested a man for possessing the stolen
Police have declined to identify that man, but said he supplied
information to help advance the Ross investigation. He has not been
charged in connection with the Ross case.
In June, Huckabee was released from the Rutledge State Prison in
Columbus after serving two years for a robbery conviction, according
to Georgia Department of Corrections records.
Police released few details about the Ross investigation Wednesday,
including how many other arrests are pending. (more - see article)