Sebastian Vaughn, 17, was indicted on first-degree murder in the perpetration of a robbery and a theft, and especially aggravated robbery. His mother, Summer Rhoden, 36, an attorney, was indicted on charges of accessory after the fact for allegedly concealing her son for at least 24 hours after she knew police were looking for him.
A third defendant, Lee-Ann Coombs, 44, of Arlington, also was indicted on charges of accessory after the fact, and tampering with evidence for allegedly disposing of Vaughn’s clothing and of the weapon used in the killing.
The victim, 35-year-old Marlo Williams, was found shot to death around 4:30 p.m. on June 20 last year in the front seat of his car parked at the I-HOP restaurant at 1661 Sycamore View Road. A photo of the victim taken after the shooting was circulated on social media.
Vaughn, who had attended Bartlett High School, told investigators he shot Williams with a sawed-off shotgun in the front seat of the victim’s car during a dispute in a drug deal. He told investigators he took a sum of money from Williams before leaving the scene.
Investigators said that after Coombs learned of the shooting, she disposed of the clothing Vaugh was wearing and disposed of the shotgun by driving her daughter – Vaughn’s girlfriend – to the I-40 Bridge and instructing her to throw the weapon into the Mississippi River.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Alanda Dwyer.