A local repeat offender burglar turned himself in last Friday after hearing that a warrant had been issued for him on the charge of Murder. 18-year-old Javorose Yarbrough was taken into custody in connection with the September 22, 2011 shooting death of William Lavell Vaughn, Jr.
Vaughn, 41, was shot and killed in the 2500 block of 6th Ave. N. just after 10:00 pm on a Thursday night in late September. On the night in question, Lowndes E-911 received a several calls from citizens who stated that they “heard about six shots”. When they went outside to see what was going on, they saw someone laying in the street and immediately called 911. Columbus Police Officers and medical responders rushed to the scene, but could find no body. After a short search, Officer Joseph Strevel found Vaughn laying on in front of his father’s home on 6th Ave. N. The victim was alive when Baptist Memorial Hospital Paramedics arrived on scene. Vaughn suffered a gunshot wound high in his right shoulder and another to the right side of his chest. The second wound was bleeding very badly as the EMTs worked to save his life.
No one in the area claimed to have witnessed the attack. The caller to 911 said that Vaughn was the only person around when they went outside to investigate the noise.
After doing what they could on scene, the EMTs loaded the victim into their ambulance and rushed him to BMH-GT. Officer strevel rode with the crew in an attempt to get more information from Vaughn. William Vaughn did not make it to the hospital, dying en route.
William Lavelle Vaughn was the son of William Vaughn, Sr., who was a reverend at Armstrong Baptist Church MB. Friends say Lavelle “didn’t bother nobody” and mostly kept to himself. He did have a lengthy history with the CPD, having been arrested 35 times since 1998, mostly on alcohol-related charges. Vaughn’s death was the tenth murder in Lowndes County in 2011.
In late June, 2012, 23-year-old Myron Sewell was arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with Vaughn’s death. Sewell was currently serving time in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center for his alleged role in the January 16 burglary and sexual assault of a woman at the Double S Laundromat located at 2007 Main St.
During his arraignment, Municipal Court Judge Nicole Clinkscales read an affidavit to Sewell, informing him that the affidavit quoted an eyewitness that named Sewell in the murder of William Vaughn, Jr.
Javarose Yarbrough is a repeat offender with the City of Columbus, having been arrested several times in the past few months on a variety of charges, usually Burglary. Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley arrested Yarbrough in front of the McDonalds on Alabama St. for Possession of Marijuana the week before he surrendered on the current Murder charge.
Yarbrough’s initial appearance on the murder charge was on Monday, February 4, 2013.0