Verdict In on Houston County Murder Case

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

40-year old Robert Wills of Newton is convicted of murder in the death of 15-year old Whitney Lake.

Lake died after Wills fled from a Houston County Sheriff deputy, who had pulled up to his stopped vehicle. A high-speed chase followed, leading to Wills crashing his vehicle into a bride on Judge Logue Road.

Whitney Lake's father, Terry Lake says he is overjoyed with the verdict.

"The word I keep leaning on is estatic, Terry Lake said. "I don't think of a word that would mean more than that right now. It's just what I wanted, that is what we were after. That is what we believe is the right verdict. I could not be more happy, I think the jury did a great job."

District Attorney Doug Valeska says the verdict is not a fair trade for a young girls' life.

"I saw a lot of tears and suffering for justice," Valeska said. "But no matter what happens for justice they don't get their daughter back. And all he (Wills) had to do was stop."

Sentencing will take place September 30th. Wills could face 10-99 years, or life in prison.


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  • by Missy Location: Enterprise on Aug 27, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    What wasn’t pointed out in this article - while he was outside truck while young girl was changing from hunting with wet clothes on their way to the store, they were approached by a cop car on a dark road without police car lights and without cop identifying himself as a cop - because his spotlight was blinding Wills, he chose to flee - even after police lights were on - because of traveling too fast and road conditons, his car slid off the road at a curve and ended up in the water - Wills was her legal guardian and because she didn’t have a seatbelt on, was ejected from the rolling vehicle - killing her. He never intentionly wanted to hurt her in any way. He accepts full responsibility for his actions causing the death of young girl. Justice was not served by him being found guilty of reckless murder!
  • by Missy Location: Enterprise on Aug 23, 2008 at 09:05 PM
    He was her legal guardian and officer did not identify himself when he shined his spotlight in his face - so out of fear, he fled - by traveling too fast to get away from the cop, he slid on wet pavement on a turn and after trying to compensate, his backend went off the road and over the bank, flipped and landed in the water. He is devastated that his actions caused Whitney to die.
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