Hearings held in Orrville man’s death

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 8, 2005

The Selma Times-Journal

Suspects in a Orrville capital murder case appeared in District Judge Bob Armstrong’s courtroom Thursday for preliminary hearings in the case.

Roosevelt Carson, 25, and a 17-year- old suspect are being charged with the Nov. 9 killing of Anthony Sanders.

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The 44-year-old, who owned a carwash on County Road 115 in Orrville, was shot twice – once in the neck and once in the left shoulder with what reports show to be a .22 caliber weapon.

Police believe three shots were fired, but only two hit Sanders.

Both suspects were arrested about an hour-and-a-half after the crime occurred, in the early morning hours of Nov. 10.

Deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff Department made the arrest. The suspects reportedly fled the scene on foot, but they were found some distance from the scene.

Sheriff department authorities believe they may have gotten into a car shortly after fleeing the scene.

Preliminary hearings were held so attorneys could discuss the details of the case before it went to trial.

Of particular interest to both the prosecution and defense is the timeline of the case.

The suspects were arrested at an Orrville pool hall, where witnesses reported seeing them before and after the crime occurred.

Carson, the elder suspect, is believed to be the shooter in the case, authorities said. He was assigned no bond in the case, which means he’ll be in jail until the trial.

The 17-year-old was given a $25,000 bond in the case. He was released shortly after.

Both men are charged with capital murder, which could result in a death penalty sentence if they are found guilty.