The suspects in the December 2013 hair weave robbery–turned-shooting-death of Jennifer Menzies are awaiting a grand jury hearing.
In the meanwhile, one suspect, James Wansley Edwards, was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery of a law enforcement officer in a separate incident.
Wansley was charged for reportedly spitting on a deputy in January 2014. Wansley entered a guilty plea in State Court Tuesday to both counts and was sentenced to the time he had served already.
Wansley is under a bond of $1 million for charges from the hair weave shooting.
On Dec. 11, Christina Menzies, 19, of Covington had arranged to meet with a group at the Fountain Crest subdivision pool to buy hair weaves. Victims told RCSO deputies that a group of people came out the bushes toward the victims’ vehicle. One of the assailants from the bushes pointed a handgun at the victims.
The two groups reportedly exchanged gunfire. Christina’s sister, 21-year-old Jennifer Menzies of Conyers, was shot and pronounced dead at the hospital.
Christina was charged with making false statements and being a party to the crime of armed robbery. Jaquan House, then 20, of Conyers, was arrested and charged with armed robbery.
James Edwards and Brandon Jay Lamothe were found hiding out in a Conyers house. Edwards, then 21, of Stone Mountain was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Brandon Jay Lamothe, then 20, of Conyers was charged with being party to the crime of armed robbery and with three counts of probation violation felony.
Edwards had previously been one of the main suspects investigated in the November 2010 shooting that killed Rockdale County High School student Dequavious Mapp and injured two other teens.
Edwards, 17 at the time, was eventually released due to lack of evidence from lack of witnesses willing to testify, although the party was estimated to have up to 300 people attending.