Charges filed in January slaying


Formal charges have been filed against a 19-year-old man accused in the shooting death of another man in January.

Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Markell Crater with capital murder in the death of Roy Haltiwanger, 20, who was found with gunshot wounds in the 300 block of East 21st Ave., on Jan. 3 and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Crater was arrested in early February and during a court hearing, Detective Bill Wiegand said a confidential informant called police on Feb. 1 and told police they had watched Crater stand in the middle of the street in front of 316 E. 21st Ave., and shoot Haltiwanger several times.

Haltiwanger was found between two houses at 314 and 316 E. 21st Ave., after police received a call of shots fired and a man down.

The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds, according to a report from the state medical examiner’s office.

Police reported that the witness reported hearing “nine or 10 gunshots” and saw no one else at the scene firing shots. Multiple shell casings were recovered at the scene.

After the shooting, Crater left the scene in a white Cadillac, police said.

Crater is on probation on charges of residential burglary and criminal mischief, and has residential burglary charges pending. In addition, he is accused of theft by receiving after police recovered a car that had been reported stolen in Texas at a house in the Dollarway area with Crater allegedly behind the wheel. The car was tracked through the vehicle’s GPS system and police reported that when Crater was questioned, he said he bought the car, a Cadillac, for $200.

During the court appearance, Crater said he would hire his own attorney.