Second suspect arrested in 'Bundles of Hair' homicide

Second suspect arrested in 'Bundles of Hair' homicide
Julius Russell (Source: SCSO)
Julius Russell (Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Police arrested a second person charged with killing a man inside the Bundles of Hair weave store.

According to the police report, officers found Willie Abston dead on the floor of the store in the 5000 block of Millbranch Road on February 10.

The suspects took several cases of hair from the store.

Investigators developed Louis Wakefield as a suspect. When they interrogated him, Wakefield told officers he participated in the robbery that led to Abston's death. He said he drove himself and a second suspect, Julius Russell, to Bundles of Hair.

Police arrested 33-year-old Julius Russell in connection with the robbery and killing February 24. At the time, Russell admitted to being on the scene of the murder and said it was a robbery that went bad.

"I'm so hurt. I'm so hurt that he befriended my brother," Abston's sister, Laura Abston,said. "How do you befriend somebody, work with them and turn around and mask up and come in with a gun and kill him?"

Laura Abston said Wakefield worked at Bundles of Hair almost a year ago. He worked alongside Willie and was eventually let go because of differences in opinion over the company by the owner, who's also Laura's cousin.

"He didn't have any idea this guy had revenge on his mind," Abston said.

They said they thought they were doing the right thing by giving Wakefield a chance to redeem himself after a troubled past.

"Everybody deserves a second chance," Abston said. "It just turned out to be tragic. He could've took it and just left...and he decided to take his life."

Despite the hurt, Abston said she is happy someone is behind bars for her brother's death.

"I feel very lucky and blessed and that, like I said, it's some people that don't get closure."

Both Wakefield and Russell are charged with first-degree murder. Russell is additionally charged with assault and burglary.

Four people have been killed in hair-related robberies in Memphis in 2016.

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