A Davidson County grand jury indicted four men in connection to the home invasion murder of a 12-year-old girl last summer in her grandmother’s home just south of downtown.
Ralphael Turner, 20, Justin Howard, 22, Jeffrey Dale Foxx, 20, and Cedric Peppers, 26, each face one count of felony murder for the death of Makia Woodland.
Police said Peppers worked at the Department of Children’s Services, but that his employment was not connected to this case.
A fifth suspect, Ronald Deshawn Roseman, 18, was charged in juvenile court. He was 17 at the time of the murder.
Turner and Foxx have remained in custody since they were arrested in late July on unrelated murder charges. They are charged in the death of 23-year-old Clenton Giles II, who was founded dead outside Knoll Crest Apartments on Creekwood Drive.
Howard was also already in federal custody on felony weapons charges. Peppers and Roseman were arrested this morning.
Woodland was shot early morning hours of July 9 at at 67 Maury St., the home of Shannon Hooten, her grandmother with whom she lived.
Hooten reported that she heard loud banging coming from the kitchen at approximately 1 a.m. and was met by several young black men dressed in white T-shirts and blue jeans.
She told police at the time that she was ordered her back to her bedroom. As Hooten was calling police from her cell phone, she said she heard several shots and soon realized Makia had been shot.
Hermitage Precinct Cmdr. Todd Henry said the thousands of hours of investigation consisted of feet on the street work, including knocking on doors and handing out fliers.
Sgt. John Patton thanked Chief Ronal Serpas and Henry “for letting us run with this like we did.” He said the case was he and others felt like they had to solve.
Patton said, “This is a message, to everybody out there today that’s doing wrong, that we care and we’re not going to tolerate something like this happening to an innocent victim.
“The arrests are fine today, and everybody’s going to make a big hoopla about it, but it’s not going to bring that little girl back.”