A Lexington man will lose his freedom for six years for his involvement in the death of a Madison County man nearly three years ago in Oglethorpe County.
Able Watkins Jr., 49, who was convicted of concealing the death of Justin Wills, 23, Comer, received a 10-year sentence in Oglethorpe County Dec. 1, with at least six years confinement and four years probation.
Law officers found Wills’ body Feb. 4, 2006, on Wesley Chapel Road near Lexington. The state crime lab determined that Wills died of an overdose, but exactly how his body ended up on the side of Wesley Chapel Road near Lexington and how many people were involved in dumping his body are questions that have haunted his sister, Gina Padgett, for three years.
Padgett, who has been very involved in the investigation of her brother’s death, said she does not feel that the conviction of Watkins settles the issue of what happened.
“I don’t think that’s the whole story,” said Padgett of Watkins’ involvement in her brother’s death. “But at least it’s part of it.”
Padgett said her brother had drug problems in the past but that he was doing well shortly before he died.
She said he had been down to about 145 lbs. but that his weight was back to about 210 at the time of his death.
She said he was very excited about becoming a father.
His daughter, Grace, was born 11 days after his death.