Suspects in killings held for grand jury

Published 5:00 am Thursday, April 12, 2007

MONTICELLO – A murder suspect will continue to be held withoutbond while a $1 million bond was placed on a murder suspect in anunrelated case, a Lawrence County Justice Court judge ruled Tuesdayin hearings to bind the cases over to the grand jury.

Justice Court Judge Albert Turnage ordered William L. “Billy”Miller, 57, of 575 Renfroe Road, Jayess, held without bond for hisalleged involvement in the 21-year-old killings of Brock, 65, andAnnie, 66, Burnette, of Jayess. Miller has been charged with twocounts of murder and one count of arson.

In a separate case, Henry Lambert, 50, of Lambert Road, Jayess,was placed under a $1 million bond. Lambert is charged with themurder of his second cousin, William Clayton “Clay” Lambert, nearly10 years ago.

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Henry Lambert was initially denied bond during a hearing in lateMarch immediately following his arrest.

Both cases will be presented to the Lawrence County Grand Jurywhen it convenes April 23, said Sheriff Joel Thames.

The Burnettes were killed at their home on Holmesville Road inFebruary 1986 during an apparent botched robbery. Their home wasdiscovered burning and their 1985 Buick was missing.

Their bodies were found in the vehicle three days later ontimber company land between Divide and Robinwood. Both had beenshot by a large caliber handgun.

Miller’s arrest is the second in the case.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ira A. Boudreaux,56, a former resident of Jesup, Ga., in October on two counts ofaccessory to murder. Boudreaux, who has cooperated with officials,pleaded guilty to the charges in December. He has been serving timein Georgia and Florida federal prisons for conspiracy and extortionconvictions unrelated to the Lawrence County case.

Henry Lambert is accused of slaying his cousin in July 1997.

Clay Lambert, 32, of Lambert Road, Jayess, died of a singlegunshot wound to the neck from a small caliber handgun. His bodywas found Aug. 8, 1997, in the back of his pickup in a wooded areaoff of Evans Loop Road within feet of the Lawrence-Lincoln countyline.

Thames declined to discuss the details of the Lambert case, butacknowledged that “everyone knew they had an ongoing feud.”

Henry Lambert’s wife, Sandra Lambert, 41, and his mother, AlmaGreer Lambert, 82, have also been charged in the case. They areaccused of accessory after the fact to murder and were eachreleased on a $5,000 bond shortly after their arrests in lateMarch.