Shooting suspects indicted

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Staff Writer

A Pike County Grand Jury has issued indictments in the robbery and shooting death of a Pike County restaurant owner.

The special session of the grand jury was called for Tuesday to hear evidence in the robbery and death investigation of Roy M. Faulkner, owner of Huk-A-Buk Barbecue, who died almost a month after being shot in a robbery reported Oct. 17.

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Members of the grand jury found enough evidence to send the case to trial and issued capital murder and robbery, first degree, indictments for Derrick Calhoun, 19, of Ramer, who is in custody and Kenneth Andre Cargill, 26, who is still on the run.

Calhoun, who was arrested two days after the incident, is in the Pike County Jail on no bond and law enforcement officials continue the search for Cargill.

Bond has been set at $100,000 in the robbery cases. And, Cargill will be be allowed bond on the capital murder charges once he is taken into custody.

Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Cargill.

District Attorney Mark Fuller deemed it was "in the public good" to disclose information concerning the outstanding grand jury writ of arrests before Cargill is arrested.

Cargill is described as a black male who weighs about 145 pounds and is 6 foot 2 inches tall.

Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said Cargill goes by the street name "Po Boy" and is known to "hang around the Twin Gates area of Montgomery."

In addition to being wanted by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Cargill is also being sought by the Violent Crimes Task Force in Montgomery, the Montgomery Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

When Calhoun was taken into custody Oct. 19, he confessed to his involvement in the, the sheriff said.

According to Thomas, the last customer left the restaurant on U.S. 231 at Pike County Road 17 between 7:30 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Faulkner was "turning off the lights to close for the evening" when two black males wearing masks entered the restaurant.

After demanding cash and taking a female’s purse, the suspects demanded keys to the vehicles parked outside, Thomas said. When Faulkner gave the suspects the keys, they snatched the phone out of the wall.

It was at that point, Thomas said, Faulkner was shot. He died Nov. 14 at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham.

After he was shot, Faulkner’s wife ran into the parking lot and fired several shots from a pistol to attract attention from motorists on U.S. 231. Nobody stopped and she ran back in the restaurant to set off the burglar alarm.

Deputies recovered the SKS assault rifle believed to have been used in the crime from a creek in Montgomery County. They also recovered the keys reported stolen.

Anyone with information about Cargill’s whereabouts is asked to call the Pike County Sheriff’s Department at 566-4347.

The Grand Jury also heard evidence in the death of R.C. Rodgers, who was beaten and kicked on Oct. 12 and later died at a Birmingham hospital, and returned a murder indictment against Peter Ira Boswell.

Boswell, who is also known as Ira Vincent Boswell and Ira Lee Boswell, was arrested by the Troy Police Department after a thorough investigation of the case.

He is presently in the Pike County Jail under a $300,000 bond.