Mother of murder victim: Killer’s sentence was just a ‘slap on his wrist’

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Local star athlete Kendarrius DeWayne Martin had recently accepted a football scholarship before his life was cut short just three days after graduating from Dothan High.

It’s been nearly two years since 19-year-old K.D. as he was known by family and friends was shot and killed in broad daylight, but for his mother, the pain of losing her oldest child is still very much alive. 

“It hurts you from the bottom of your soul,” Tyeesha Martin said. “It makes your kids bitter. Like, they don’t understand, like 30 months? 2 and a half years? It’s terrifying … and I just feel like he should have been charged as an adult.”

On March 25, Andre DeWayne Winn Jr., the teenager who murdered Kendarrius was sentenced to serve only 30 additional months in the Department of Youth Services.

Martin said Winn, who was only 15 years old when he pulled the trigger, has a long prior history of run-ins with the law.

“He has his first gun charge at the age of 11,” she said. “He has attempted assault with a deadly weapon two weeks before he killed my son and supposed to be on probation. He has an arson. He has tampered with state evidence where he went and got the gun out of the evidence room. He has a theft of property. The record goes on.”

Mother of murder victim reacts to killer's short sentence

But the shooter didn’t act alone. 

The driver in this case, Ashanti Williams was 16 years old at the time of the crime and was charged as an adult.

Williams has since picked up a new grand theft auto charge in Florida, and because he failed to appear for a youthful offender hearing, he currently has a warrant out for his arrest. 

“He got off on a $150,000 bond,” Martin said. “He has (gone) to Florida, cut his ankle monitor. Rickey Stokes bailed him out, and no one is looking for him. He’s a fugitive.” 

Winn was charged with reckless murder. The state requested that he be charged as an adult in this case, but that request was denied.

“This kid had no remorse, none whatsoever,” Martin said. “He sat in court the whole time with a smile on his face because he knew they wasn’t going to do anything to him. This was another slap on his wrist. You set him free. … It’s at the point where you keep on, somebody is going to kill him, or he’s gonna kill again, and I can’t stress that enough. He’s gonna kill again because you just gave him another slap on the back.

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