May 5, 2022

Four West Point Teens Charged As Adults In Clay County Murder, One Could Face Death Penalty

Nicole McCardle

Four young adult males have been charged as adults in a capital murder crime that happened in mid-March.

William Austin Hill, 17, Emerson Houston, 19, Greyson Klutts, 17, and Jeremy Klutts, Jr., 15, all of West Point, shot a man on March 11 in an attempt to rob him.

William Hill had been previously arrested and charged as an adult for an attempted murder by stabbing. 

The victim, Mikel Craven, 41, died in a ditch from gunshot wounds in Clay County.

During their initial appearance in Clay County Justice Court May 3, Judge Thomas Hampton ordered the three older suspects held without bond.

They are currently held inside the Clay County Detention Center.

The youngest, Jeremy Klutts, 15, was granted a conditional $75,000 bond that requires the teen to wear an ankle monitor.

The robbery charge is the underlying felony that allowed the state to charge them with capital murder.

While all three will be charged as adults, only Houston, the 19-year-old, could face the death penalty.

The four suspects will be back in the courtroom May 19 for a preliminary hearing at the Clay County Justice Complex.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at 662-494-2896, Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151 or the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers P3 App.

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