When 21-year-old Pvt. Liperial “Savon” Easterling, a Soldier at Fort Campbell, was gunned down outside of his home August 9, there were few clues about who was responsible for his death. Yesterday, authorities released the names of four men who are suspects in the case.
Emmanuel Wallace of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been charged with first degree murder and felony murder in Easterling’s death. He was also charged with aggravated robbery and simple possession of a control substance. Wallace was booked into the Montgomery County jail yesterday and is being held on $500,000 bond. Authorities say he was a suspect early-on in the investigation.
Also, being held on $500,000 bond is Joshua Aretz, 21, who lists Clarksville, Tennessee, as his hometown of record. Arrested a short time following Easterling’s murder, he is now charged with first degree murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery.
Clinton Hunter III, 19, has been charged with criminal responsibility for facilitation of a felony and tampering with evidence in connection with the case and is being held on $50,000 bond. Detarius Curry, 23, was also charged with tampering with evidence and is being held on $50,000 bond.
After the discovery of the young Soldier’s body, Clarksville Police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reached out to the public for help in solving Easterling’s murder. The Army private, from Greensboro, North Carolina, had returned to his home around 1 a.m. that Sunday morning. News releases did not indicate where he had been before being gunned down.
Neighbors who were interviewed by police say Pvt. Easterling had lived at the Teakwood Drive address about six months. Police say he was literally shot at his front door. They had no reason to suspect that the young Soldier was in any way at fault in the incident that led to his death.
This continues to be an open investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 931-645-8477. Mug shots of those arrested can be viewed here.
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