Man charged with accessory after the fact to murder

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 27, 2001

VIDALIA – A Vidalia man who was arrested by Concordia Parish sheriff’s deputies on drug charges Friday night was charged Monday with accessory after the fact to murder.

Authorities said George Thomas Garland Jr., 26, of 171 Ralph Road in Vidalia, was charged for harboring Natchez murder suspect Cedric Williams in Garland’s trailer near Vidalia.

Williams was found Friday night by Concordia Parish sheriff’s deputies as he hid in the bathroom of the trailer.

Garland’s bond was set at $50,000, and he was transferred to Concordia Parish Correctional Facility.

Williams is accused of killing 20-year-old Alex Carter of Natchez with a gunshot to the abdomen. Judge Charles Bracken, who was standing in for Judge Leo Boothe in Seventh Judicial District Court Monday, denied bond for Williams.

Williams refused to sign papers allowing his extradition to Mississippi to face a charge of murder.

An extradition hearing must now be held in Seventh Judicial District Court, although a date had not yet been set for that hearing as of Monday.

Williams is also being held at the Concordia Parish Correctional Facility near Ferriday.

Carter’s body was found early Wednesday morning on Old Smith Lane in Natchez.