Jacksonville man charged with Georgia murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The GBI has charged 35-year-old Willie James Rogers of Jacksonville with malicious murder related to the death of 20-year-old Zacheriah Wright.

Wright’s body was discovered Monday on a cul-de-sac about five miles outside the town of Vidalia.

According to the GBI, Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest. It is unclear whether the two knew each other.

Rogers was arrested by Vidalia Police on an Indiana arrest warrant.

According to an Indiana court document, an arrest warrant was issued for him after he failed to appear in court for possession of cocaine and gun theft.

When News4Jax spoke to Roger’s mother, she said she did the best she could as a single parent. Despite her best efforts, her son was released from prison for illegal narcotics and theft in and out of prison. Now he faces a murder charge.

Roger’s mother says she last saw her son four months ago and last spoke to him on the phone on Mother’s Day. She says she got the impression he started a new job and changed his life.

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“To find out now that he’s facing life in prison or above, a death penalty, that’s not good news for the mother. She’s crazy, so I sympathize with her,” said crime and security expert Ken Jefferson.

A second suspect in the case was arrested by federal marshals on Friday in Augusta. He is identified as Ta’lawrence Vickers, 35, from Atlanta. He is also charged with murder.

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