NCSO seeking three suspects in beating death

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are still seeking three suspects in connection with the beating death of William Okafor.

A fourth suspect, Roland Wilson Jr., 23, of 2914 Chesterfield Way, Conyers, turned himself in to authorities on Saturday, the day Okafor died from the beating, which occurred about 10 p.m. on July 26.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Tyrone Oliver, witnesses told investigators that Okafor stepped outside his home at 85 Faircliff Drive, off Fairview Road in western Newton County, to speak with Wilson.

"At that time, the parents heard an altercation take place," Oliver said. "They heard a thump on the outside of the house and got up to see what it was. They saw their son was in an altercation with four males.

"One of the parents, I'm not sure which one, witnessed Mr. Wilson strike Mr. Okafor in the head with a brick," Oliver said, adding that it has been determined that the blow by the brick is what caused Okafor's death six days later.

Oliver said the actual motive for the beating was unknown, but witnesses indicated it concerned a theft of some kind.

"We don't know if Mr. Roland Wilson Jr. was going over there to ask Mr. Okafor about a theft or what, but that's what witnesses are telling us right now," he said.

Oliver said investigators have some leads and are continuing to try to ascertain the identity of the remaining three suspects.

"If anybody knows anything, definitely give us a call and ask to speak to Investigator Dana Maddox," he said.

The NCSO can be reached by calling 678-625-1400 or by going to its Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and click on Anonymous Tips. If a response from an investigator is desired, please leave contact information.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.