Man Wanted For Murder In Ohio Captured On Dee Drive

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

A man wanted for murder and attempted murder in Ohio has been captured on Dee Drive in Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Police Department's Fugitive Division make the arrest of the wanted fugitive from Ross County, Ohio.

Sgt. Edwin McPherson of the Fugitive Division said the Fugitive Davison went to 3104 Dee Dr. and apprehended Cheston Lee Napper, 23, of London, Ohio.

Napper was found hiding in a bedroom of the apartment and was taken into custody without incident.

The warrants issued for Napper's arrest one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, and one count of having weapons while under disability.

Napper has signed his waiver extradition and is waiting for Ohio authorities for extradition.

He appeared Wednesday morning before General Sessions Court Judge Richard Holcomb.

Police said the incident happened Feb. 11 when shots were fired at a West Main Street home in London.

Marvin "Jelly" Woodfork III, 21, of 1116 Massieville Road, London, died from a single gunshot. Woodfork's half brother, Crail Brooks, 23, of 2550 Massieville Road, also was critically injured.

The two men were visiting friends for a party at the rear of 121 W. Main St. when Napper allegedly opened fire. Both victims were shot in the chest with a small-caliber handgun.

Napper fled the scene right after the shooting, and a manhunt spanning several neighboring counties began. Napper, a longtime resident of London but with a last known address in Washington Court House, remained at large.

In the days immediately following the shooting, London police Chief Michael Creamer said he received numerous tips claiming Napper returned to the London area, where he has family.

Police said Napper was considered armed and dangerous. They said he had told friends and relatives that he would shoot at police if he is caught.

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