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Suspect in football player's murder accused of attempting to coerce witness

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Johnny Wade (left) and Derrick Wade (middle) are charged in the murder of Markel Owens and his stepfather. Roddarous Bond (right) is charged with attempting coercing a witness. Johnny Wade (left) and Derrick Wade (middle) are charged in the murder of Markel Owens and his stepfather. Roddarous Bond (right) is charged with attempting coercing a witness.
According to Jackson Police Department, Markel Owens was shot and killed at his home. According to Jackson Police Department, Markel Owens was shot and killed at his home.
JACKSON, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Police are accusing a murder suspect and a teenager of attempting to coerce a witness in the murders of an Arkansas State University football player and his stepfather.

According to Jackson Police Department, Markel Owens was shot and killed at his home.

Investigators say Johnny Shivers and his 16-year-old son arrived home on a January night when they were rushed by two masked men and forced inside the apartment. Armed with handguns, the suspects demanded money.

Shivers and Markel Owens were shot trying fight off the men. Chermaine Owens-Shivers was also shot but survived.

Police believe the robbers specifically targeted Shivers because a large amount of marijuana was found inside the apartment.

Investigators arrested and charged cousins Derrick Wade and Johnny Wade with two counts of felony murder in the deaths of Owens and Shivers, especially aggravated robbery, attempted first-degree murder, and aggravated assault of the 16-year-old boy.

Weeks later a witness in the case started receiving phone calls from the Madison County Jail but did not answer.

According to police, Johnny learned the witness's phone number; he later directed Roddarous Bond to find the witness.

Investigators announced Monday that Bond, 19, was charged with attempted coercion of a witness. Police also anticipate additional charges on Johnny Wade.

Bond's criminal history includes involvement in an armed robbery at an apartment complex, which initially forced an attempted first-degree murder charge that was later dropped.

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