Pike County Sheriff's Office searching for convicted murderer
PIKE CO., AL (WSFA) - Pike County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a convicted murderer who they consider to be armed and dangerous. According to Sheriff Russell Thomas, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of 32-year-old Everett Newson, wanted on charges of receiving stolen property and persons forbidden to possess a firearm.
Thomas said Newson's charges are related to two incidents. On Thursday, deputies executed a search warrant at the man's home where they recovered a Smith & Wesson .223 AR rifle with a vortex red dot scope, a Spikes custom AR-15, a Rossi 20 GA shotgun, a large amount of ammunition, several loaded rifle magazine clips, one Phrobis III M9 knife with sheath, a gun tripod, and a marijuana grinder.
On Friday, deputies responded to County Road 3336 after a report of a burglary. The victim, who had been out of town, reported that several items from his home had been taken. The victim was shown the items recovered during the search warrant and identified them as his property taken in the burglary, officials say.
"It's very alarming," the sheriff explained. "We think that what he was going to do is turn around and sell these firearms on the street."
Newson was released from prison in 2014 after serving five years of a 20-year split sentence for murder out of Dale County, according to officials. He is also convicted of possession of marijuana first degree, distribution of controlled substance, receiving stolen property, assault and failure to appear.
Ironically, he did some work for me just this past week," stated Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport. "Had no knowledge of him being involved in this."
Newson is from Brundidge. Davenport said he's known Newson since he was a child and recently even hired him to take care of yard work at his home.
"I thought, 'what have I done?' I had this man to go to my house and work!" the chief said. "But he never really gave me any physical problems, but you know, he just approached me on Sunday and said, 'Chief, I need a job,'" Davenport recalled.
Thomas and Davenport said it appears Newson hasn't had any issues with law enforcement since he was released from prison, until now. It's believed he was having financial issues. At this point, investigators are just determined to find him.
"He has made the statement that he's not going back to prison. He is believed to be armed with a handgun," Thomas explained. "If you see him, you shouldn't approach him. Use extreme caution when dealing with Everette Newson, whether it be dealing with law enforcement or a citizen who has information about his whereabouts. He should be considered a very dangerous person because he has committed murder before."
Thomas says a cash reward is being offered for information leading to Newson's arrest. If you know anything call Pike County Sheriff's Office or Brundidge Police.
Officials are also searching for Newson's girlfriend, Anjuana Fuller. She is wanted for receiving stolen property. The two are believed to be traveling in a white Chevy 90s model Caprice.
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