Three people charged in Holmes County homicide

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BONIFAY, Fla. (WMBB) — A multi-agency investigation is currently underway in Holmes County after a Jackson County man is found dead in Graceville.

The Holmes, Jackson, and Houston county sheriffs all held a press conference Wednesday at the Holmes County Emergency Management Agency where they discussed details of a homicide investigation which began on Monday.

Jackson County investigator, Cheree Edwards, said she was initially investigating an unrelated case when her victim contacted her with information about the victim, 51-year-old Raul Guillen.

“A month later, she called back and advised me that she received some information that Raul had been murdered,” Edwards said.

Holmes County Sheriff, John Tate, says the motive for the murder boils down to drugs and money.

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HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office has charged three people in connection to the murder of a man who was reported missing from Jackson and Houston Counties about July 4th, officials said Wednesday.

Jeremie Odell Peters

Investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Houston County Sheriff’s Office contacted HCSO to advise their search for 51-year-old Raul Ambriz Guillen led them to information stating Guillen was last seen at 1101 Highway 171, Graceville at the residence of 43-year-old Jeremie Odell Peters in the company of 35 year-old William Shane Parker of Gordon, Alabama and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Lauren Kay Wambles of Dothan, Alabama, officials wrote in a news release

Investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office obtained search warrants at two homes on Highway 171, including that of Peters’, and evidence pertaining to the homicide was discovered at both locations, officials wrote.

Bay County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue then assisted with cadaver dogs, which located what appeared to be a gravesite off Kirkland Road in northeastern Holmes County. Guillen’s body was discovered there.

Lauren Kay Wambles
William Shane Parker

Parker is charged with an open count of murder and is currently in custody of the Jackson County Correctional Facility, where he is awaiting extradition to Holmes County.

Wambles is charged with being a principle to murder and is currently in custody of the Houston County Jail, also awaiting extradition.

Peters is charged with being an accessory after the fact and abuse of a corpse. He is in custody of the Holmes County Jail.

“This is an open and ongoing investigation, and more charges and arrests are pending,” officials wrote in a news release.

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