Fifth teen arrested in murder of "Phatso" Hawkins

Va‘Kevis Collins
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Dothan- Another teenager was arrested Tuesday in connection with the recent shooting death of a Dothan man.

Police Chief Steve Parrish said Va-‘Kevis Collins, 16, becomes the fifth teen charged with murder of William Craig “Phatso” Hawkins.

Another 16-year old, Ricky Deontae Smith, was arrested last week. The other three suspects are 15 and their names have not been released due to their age.

Hawkins was found dead in his Collier Street home last week. Police initially believed three people were responsible but, as the investigation widened, they say it was discovered others were involved.

Parrish, in a news conference Friday, said that three suspects were wearing ankle monitors because of prior brushes with the law. He indicated those monitors placed them at the scene of the crime about the time Hawkins is believed to have been shot.

Collins is expected to appear before Houston County District Judge Benjamin Lewis in the next couple of days when attorneys are likely to be appointed to represent him.