Cartersville police said Richard Clayton Flowers Jr., 17, of Cartersville, wanted in connection with the Dec. 16, 2012, shooting death of Randall “RJ” Statler, turned himself in at the Bartow County Jail on Tuesday afternoon. The suspect was accompanied by his father.
Flowers, who was accompanied by his father, is charged with felony murder and two counts of armed robbery.
“One armed robbery charge is in connection with the homicide and one armed robbery count is in connection with a robbery earlier on the same day as the homicide,” Cartersville Police Department Capt. Mark Camp said in an email.
Last week, authorities arrested 26-year-old Brettney Anwarr Moore of Cartersville at his home in connection with Statler’s death. The 28-year-old victim was washing his truck at Sun-Glo Car Wash, 390 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, between 7 and 8 p.m. when Moore and Flowers allegedly attempted to rob him. Statler was shot once in the head.
“Since Dec. 16, we have put considerable resources into solving this crime. This is, in my opinion, one of those true whodunnit-type of crimes. It required a lot of hours of work and investigative effort,” Police Chief Thomas Culpepper said during a press conference May 9.
Lead investigator David Bojczuk said during an interview that, based on statements, officials feel comfortable the incident stemmed from an attempted robbery.
“Well, we know for sure that their statements — the suspects’ — that robbery was the key to that,” he said. “During the day, there was motive [for the suspects] to rob someone and [Statler] was at the wrong place at the wrong time. They were hurting for money.”
Police have said they are unsure what Moore and Flowers took from the scene aside from the victim’s cellphone. Money was found at the scene.
Also, Bojczuk declined to say what caliber weapon was used, whether the murder weapon had been recovered and which suspect was the triggerman.
According to police, there is no apparent connection between Statler, who had no criminal history, and Flowers and Moore, who served time in prison following a 2009 arrest for drugs. It is unclear whether Flowers has a prior criminal history.
Because it appears like a random shooting, the question presented to authorities is: why would Moore and Flowers kill Statler and not take cash and valuables?
“We think they could have been spooked and they could have ran. Due to the fact of how the scene was, they may have gotten scared before they could finish what they were going to do,” Bojczuk said.
According to a press release, the investigation is ongoing.