Four Suspects Sought, Two Arrested In Wilson Murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/7/08

Four Suspects Sought, Two Arrested In Wilson Murder

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Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

Lubbock County investigators had Carnell Littlejohn, 22 in custody Monday night. They also booked Joe Ragan, 21 in to the jail just after 6:30 p.m. Monday.  Both men are charged in the murder of Bernard Wilson.

A passing motorist found the 17-year-old's remains in Yellow House Canyon back in December of 2005, but his identity was not confirmed until this past February. By late Monday night, four other suspects remained at large.

"The warrants were issued and at this time they are in the process of attempting to be served," Lubbock County Sheriff's Major Don Carter said. 

Nearly three years ago, on April 21, 2005, investigators say then 17-year old Bernard Wilson was beaten and stabbed to death. They allege that attacked happened in central Lubbock near 45th and Boston.

"After that point, the remains of Bernard Wilson were removed from that location and ultimately ended up in the Yellow House Canyon area," Carter said. 

Eight months later, on December 29th, a passing motorist discovered human remains in Yellow House Canyon along F.M. 835. Almost two years passed, and in December of 2007, Wilson's father alerted authorities that the remains could be his missing teenage son. In February of this year, after collecting DNA samples from both parents, investigators determined the remains were Wilson's.

"Our investigators felt pretty confident that they could do really good things with this case, based on the information they had even prior to the positive identification," Carter said. 

Monday night, authorities had two people in custody charged with Wilson's murder. Jailers booked Ragan into the Lubbock County Jail after law enforcement caught him driving without a seatbelt.

"No, in fact he himself didn't even know anything about this until 6 p.m. tonight when SWAT surrounded our house and picked him up," Heather Wilkerson said. 

She tells NewsChannel 11 she saw authorities arrest her roommate, Littlejohn.

"In the three, almost four years that I've known him, Cornell has only lived in Texas five, and before that he lived in Detroit, MI. So, I've never seen him swing a punch at anybody, so I don't see him being the type to have committed murder," Wilkerson said. 

Investigators say four other suspects, Keyairra Brown, 35, Leslie Evans, 21, Thamar Snyder, 29, and Wand Wilson, 42 are most likely living outside of the area.

"We feel that these six had an active role, in some manner or another, in his death and there maybe some other parties that may have some knowledge, but weren't to the degree that they were charged," Carter said. 

NewsChannel 11 will keep you up to date on any further arrests.

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