7 indicted in Natchez Mall murder

Published 12:10am Saturday, March 30, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this story incorrectly reported the name of one of the suspects indicted in the murder. Calvin Kentrell Matthews — not Datarrius Matthews — was indicted. Natchez Detective Jerry Ford originally said that Datarrius and Calvin were the same person, but they are not. The current version of the story is correct.

NATCHEZ — An Adams County grand jury has indicted seven people in connection with an August 2011 murder outside the Natchez Mall.

Lee Raymond Smith Jr., 19, Latravis K. Clay, 23, and Shakeria Vaneicia Clay, 20, were indicted by an Adams County grand jury for murder in connection with the shooting death of 25-year-old Walter Washington.

Antonio K. Clay, 21, Calvin Kentrell Matthews, 28, Brandon Collins, 24, and Venisha Lashay Noble, 23, were indicted on charges of being an accessory after the fact to the murder.

Natchez Police Detective Jerry Ford said Washington was killed while walking to his car in the mall parking lot. Smith reportedly shot from another vehicle.

Ford said Datarrius Matthews, Collins and Latravis Clay were reportedly in the vehicle with Smith when the crime occurred.

Datarrius Matthews is not being indicted in the murder because he is cooperating with police, Ford said.

Smith, Calvin Matthews, Datarrius Matthews, Latravis Clay, Antonio Clay and Shakeria Clay are siblings, Ford said.

Shakeria reportedly called her brothers and told them that Washington was at the mall before the shooting occurred.

Noble was reportedly the girlfriend of Antonio K. Clay at the time and allegedly hid Antonio and possibly others in her apartment after the murder, Ford said.

Calvin Matthews reportedly met his brothers at Noble’s apartment after the murder and discussed getting rid of evidence, Ford said.

Washington’s murder was intended as retaliation, Ford said, for the February 2011 shooting of Calvin Matthews at Club Paradise, for which Washington was charged. Calvin was hospitalized for more than a week for two gunshot wounds to the chest, one to the lower torso and one to the leg.

Collins’ reported address of 104 Dumas Drive is the same residence that was allegedly the target of a drive-by shooting that occurred a few hours after the mall murder.

Collins is currently serving the remainder of an 11-year sentence for aggravated assault in the state penitentiary.

Adams County Circuit Court documents indicate Collins was found in violation of his post-release supervision in September 2011 and ordered to serve the remaining 10 years of his sentence.

Ford said he believed trial dates for the suspects should be set in a few weeks.