Larry “Poppy” Strickland, 31, and Anthony “Big Ant” Demyers, 33, worked together to the press three witnesses who refuse to testify in connection with a St. Louis murder case, authorities say.
Two men have been charged with witness tampering in connection with a St. Louis murder case, authorities said.
The authorities claim that Larry “Poppy” Strickland, 31, and Anthony “Big Ant” Demyers, 33, worked together to the press three witnesses who refuse to testify in the June 2017 fatal shooting of Gentrail Wafford.
One of the witnesses, Roderick Silinzy, 40, turned up dead in May. The names of the witnesses were not made known.
But neither Strickland nor Demyers is charged with the killing of Silinzy, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
“Witness intimidation is behavior that strikes at the heart of the legal system itself,” Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a press release. “I will do everything in my power under the law to hold someone responsible, that hurts or threatens a witness or a victim.”
“Witness intimidation is behavior that strikes at the heart of the legal system itself.”
Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner
According to FOX 2 in St. Louis, Wafford was murdered during a robbery attempt on June 8, 2017, by the archers who were identified as Terrance Williams, 29, and Brandon Cross, 29. Wafford was allegedly trying to defend Silinzy.
In July 2017, Williams and Cross were charged in connection with Wafford death. Cross then allegedly received documents with the names of the witnesses who were together with the authorities, and Williams then forwarded to said to be that witness names to Demyers, FOX 2 reported.
Strickland and Demyers then allegedly worked to convince Silinzy and the two other witnesses of the co-operation in the prosecution of Williams and Cross.
Brandon Cross, left, and Terrance Williams have been charged in the June 2017 fatal shooting of Gentrail Wafford in St. Louis.
After Silinzy enabled dead May 23, researchers started with the monitoring of Williams’ telephone calls from the jail, the Post-dispatch reported.
In three phone calls after Silinzy the death of Williams told Strickland “action” against the other witnesses, court documents say, according to the newspaper.
The documents also refer to Demyers to have threatened one of his own relatives over to testify against Williams and Cross, the newspaper.