Surviving Victim in Fatal Double Robbery Charged in Same Indictment as Murder Suspect

A man who, along with Jeffrey Covington, was the subject of an armed robbery attempt that left Covington dead, has been charged alongside the shooter who is suspected of murder.

An indictment filed last week charges Jeffrey Blount with obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, and illegal possession of a firearm. The indictment states that Blount and Covington, known respectively as “Big Jeff” and “Lil’ Jeff,” were the subjects of a robbery perpetrated by William Faison. Faison is charged with first-degree felony murder.

Charging documents alleged that Faison was in pursuit of one of Covington’s buddies and had pushed Covington out of the way to better aim a gun at the friend. When the friend took off and Faison pursued him, Covington pulled out a gun and pointed it at Faison.

Surveillance video captured the entire exchange, which ended when Faison turned back towards Covington, who had a gun pulled, and fired at him, charging documents allege. The documents describe Covington’s weapon as broken, but it’s unclear if it was inoperable or if it was broken after Covington was shot.

A third person, Jefferson Joseph, is also charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the case.

Faison, Blount, and Joseph are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges next Friday, April 20.

The indictment is below.

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