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Emily Starnes & Consandra Tyree, 16-Yr-Old North Carolina Girls, Charged as Adults in Stabbing Murder of Cab Driver Adam Williams

March 26, 2012 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

Tyree (L) and Starnes

Two North Carolina teens have been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a taxi driver, a killing for which three young men have already been arrested.

The Hickory Daily Record reports that Emily Starnes and Consandra Tyree, both 16 at the time of the crime, were arrested and charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. The teens are being held without bond in the Catawba County Jail.

The girls had been arrested last October in connection with the stabbing death of 32-year-old taxi driver Adam Williams, who was slain on the night of August 23, 2011 after stopping at a Fuddrucker’s restaurant to pick up passengers on a radio call.

Williams was brutally attacked and robbed of $39. He managed to stumble to the door of another nearby restaurant, bleeding from slashes to his face and throat. He was rushed to Frye Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Camyron Johnson, age 22, Matthew Hopkins, also 22 and Robert McElwee, 18, have already been arrested in connection with Williams’ murder.

Starnes and Tyree were not honest with police after they were arrested in October, leading to obstruction of justice charges. But now the teens are in much more trouble.

“They were the two girls that were with the suspects on the night of the cab driver’s murder,” Capt. Thurman Whisnant of the Hickory Police Department told the Hickory Daily Record. “They were heavily involved; they were involved before, during and after the murder,” he claimed.

“They’re older than 16. They have been charged and will be treated as adults,” he added.

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