2 teens charged with capital murder in Talladega Co. homicide

73-year-old William Gerry Taylor
73-year-old William Gerry Taylor(Talladega Co. Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 10:01 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 6:14 PM CDT
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TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Talladega County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in the murder of 73-year-old William Gerry Taylor. Taylor was shot and killed at the 4 Way Grocery on Tuesday, June 29.

16-year-old Christopher Zavon Jamerson, of Alpine, AL was arrested and charged with Capital Murder on July 29, 2021 and is being held with no bond at the Talladega County Jail.

16-year-old Christopher Zavon Jamerson
16-year-old Christopher Zavon Jamerson(wbrc)

17-year-old LaKenderick Jamal Jones was arrested on Tuesday, July 20 and charged with Capital Murder. He is being held with no bond at the Talladega County Jail.

17-year-old LaKenderick Jamal Jones
17-year-old LaKenderick Jamal Jones(Talladega Sheriffs Office)


On June 29 at 2 p.m., deputies responded to the 4 Way Grocery in the 7000 block of Plant Road. When they arrived, they found Taylor unresponsive, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones is being held at the Talladega County Jail without bond.

Residents say although it’s only been a few weeks but the shooting death of Taylor has left a void in the Alpine community in more ways than one.

John Garrett says he shopped at the 4 Way Stop Grocery store everyday. Now the store has closed and residents have to travel miles away for necessities.

“I can tell the difference,” says Garrett. “I can’t get my cigarettes from there. I have to drive about 8 miles. 7-8 miles. It’s not a store. They took that away from us.”

He describes Taylor’s store as a one-stop shop. Taylor sold everything from milk to car batteries. Now Garrett says some have to travel almost a hour a way.

“Some people got their groceries from there,” says Garrett. “But they also took that away from people who used him and didn’t have transportation to get to Talladega. Elderly people don’t have transportation to get there.”

Garrett says he’s glad to see someone charged with Taylor’s murder. The Talladega County Sheriffs Office says more arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

If you have any information that could help deputies solve this homicide, you’re asked to call the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office at 256-761-2141. You can also leave an anonymous tip at this link or call Crime Stoppers at 334-215-7867.

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