Two Bold Bullies Charged: Threatening Witnesses in Murder Trial, That's a No No Dumbies!

Two men are facing criminal charges after a witness in a city murder case was killed.

Larry “Poppa” Strickland, 31 and Anthony “Big Ant” Demyers, 33, face the witness intimidation charges in connection with the murder of Gentrail Wafford.

The saga began with Terrance Williams and Brandon Cross shooting and killing Gentrail Wafford during a robbery attempt in the 1400 block of DeSoto some time ago.

Wafford had pulled out his gun to defend a guy named Roderick Silinzy, but was killed in the shootout.


Williams, 29, was charged in July 2017 with Wafford’s murder. During the investigation, Silinzy began cooperating with the police in the murder case against Williams.  He later died from gunshot wounds after his car crashed into an abandoned building in May 2018.

Investigators learned that Williams was relaying the identities of cooperating witnesses in his murder trial to Strickland.  They say he got that information through paperwork obtained by his co-defendant, Brandon Cross.  Strickland and Demyers worked together to dissuade Silinzy, and the two other witnesses from cooperating in the prosecution of Williams and Cross.


A cooperating witness told investigators that a “hit” was placed on both Silinzy and another whistleblower. Court documents say that the hit was ordered after Cross received some paperwork from his lawyer in May.   


Williams mailed the report to Demyers. He highlighted portions of the report identifying the witnesses. The plan was for Demyers and Strickland to know exactly who was cooperating with police/prosecutors.

The three people targeted by Strickland and Demyers were cooperating witnesses in the murder case against Williams. The two witnesses who are still alive are not being identified to protect their safety.



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