Local resident killed, another injured in shooting

By NICOLE LOGGINS / Staff Writer

HARPERSVILLE – Harpersville resident Corley Rogene Watters died on Jan. 29 after he suffered a gunshot wound, according to a press release from the Sylacauga Police Department.

Watters was involved in a shooting that occurred at 2:03 a.m. on Jan. 29 near the 100 block of Wood Street in Sylacauga.

Watters was taken to Coosa Valley Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Revish Peoples was also critically injured in the altercation and is currently at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Residents in the area reported a suspicious individual knocking on doors claiming to be experiencing car trouble in the early hours after the shooting. Police responded and found Beniah Bradford, 29 of Goodwater, behind a residence and took him into custody.

Bradford has been charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. He is currently being held in the Talladega County Jail.

“Our investigation of course is ongoing,” said Sylacauga Police Captain Chris Carden. “Everyone at SPD did an outstanding job working through the night and ultimately bringing the suspect in safely. I can’t say enough about the consummate professionalism and hardworking attitude of all these guys, from the patrolman that answered the call to the investigator that put on the handcuffs, to the home owner who reported something suspicious. This was a team effort, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Corley Watters graduated from Vincent High School in 2004 and helped lead the Vincent High track team to a 2A track and field state championship in 2002.