3rd person charged in 2012 homicide
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Jun 20, 2014, 10:57
HOPEWELL — A third person has been charged in the 2012 killing of Morris Flowers.
Lewis Walker was indicted on June 10 and he is currently serving a sentence at Riverside Regional Jail for other crimes, according to police.
On Dec. 3, 2012, around 10:35 p.m., two men were shot in the 1500 block of Piper Square Drive, in the Piper Square public housing complex. One victim, Morris D. Flowers Jr., 46, died from his wounds. A second victim, Lamonta Ellis, 30, from Spring Grove, was also shot and was flown to Virginia Commonwealth Medical Center. He has since recovered from his injuries.
Andre Mason, who was arrested and charged with the murder of Morris Flowers and the malicious wounding of Lamonta Ellis, faced a two-day jury trial in Hopewell Circuit Court earlier this year. Unable to reach a unanimous verdict, Judge Nathan Lee declared a mistrial.
During that trial however, more details emerged surrounding the events of that night. As told my Marquee Wooden, a witness for the prosecution who is currently in Riverside Regional Jail, Walker help set up the events of that night, admitting the target was Ellis and Flowers was an innocent bystander who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Wooden recalled a conversation he and Mason had while both in Riverside.
Wooden said during the trial in April that on that particular day, Mason came up to his cell and asked, “Weren’t you locked up for murder?” Wooden said the reason that Mason was questioning him was because he wanted to know how to “beat” the charge.
When Wooden began to further question Mason about his inquiry, Mason began to confess his crime to Wooden saying, “I shot Monte and killed ‘Slim.’ It wasn’t meant for Slim it was meant for Monte.”
Mason also laid out for Wooden the details of the setup of that night in December. Mason said that Monte’s cousin told Mason that Monte wanted to rob him. That night, Mason drove his truck to the back of Piper Square, in what is known as Hopewell Heights. Wooden said that Mason along with Chaz Brown, also charged in the incident, were notified by Lewis Walker about the whereabouts of Ellis.
Mason allegedly admitted to Wooden that Walker was paid in cocaine and $200 to help with set up on the night of the shooting. When the signal was given, Mason and Brown ran up on Ellis and began shooting, shooting twice and then turning around and firing four more times.
When Walker appeared on video from Riverside Regional Jail on Wednesday morning, Judge Thomas Warren asked Walker if he understood the charges that had been placed against him. Walker has been charged first-degree murder, malicious wounding, and conspiracy to commit malicious wounding.
“I was told the charges and they said they knew I wasn’t the shooter but they had enough information to charge me,” Walker told the judge with the hint of confusion in his voice.
Judge Warren told Walker he could not address his concerns noting that would have to be at a later court date and added that the only reason he was in court that morning was to have appointment of counsel for the upcoming trial.
Walker has a long history with the courts in Hopewell, with some charges dating back to 2002. Walker has been charged with petit larceny, providing false identity of self to law enforcement, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, manufacturing a controlled substance and grand larceny.
Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane said the Hopewell Police force is working hard to bring the Morris Flowers trial to a close, bringing justice to the family.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Keohane said. “It’s great to bring closure to the family.”
Walker will stand trial with Andre Mason and Chaz Brown later this year.