SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Walter Moon, 32, and Kiawana Williams, 32, sit behind bars.
Investigators have charged Moon with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana. Williams has been charged with four felony counts of giving false statements to police, possession of a firearm by a probationer, and theft by receiving stolen property.
Savannah-Chatham Metro said detectives arrested Moon and Williams Wednesday in connection with the shooting deaths of Emily Pickels, 21, and Michael Biancasino, 30, that took place over Labor Day Weekend. Pickels and Biancasio were found inside a car that crashed into a fence near Frazier Homes off Henry St. and MLK Blvd.
Both Moon and Williams have a criminal history. Walter Moon's trouble with the law dates back to 1988 and includes convictions for aggravated assault and drugs. Kiawana Williams plead guilty to forgery charges just two years ago.
WTOC asked two Savannah criminal defense attorneys not connected with the case to give some perspective about the arrests and why Moon and Williams were not charged with murder.
Amit Navare said, "It's not at all uncommon or unusual. The detectives are probably just being very, very cautious at this moment in time. This abundance of caution is probably the best thing in order to make this case stick if in fact these individuals are guilty of the heinous event."
Karen Dove Barr, another local criminal defense attorney, said, "Since the police ask the public for more information, I think the department feels it doesn't have quite enough info to prove these two people were the ones who committed the murders. Although they must feel the two were involved or at the scene."
Jamie Casino, the brother of Michael Biancasino, said he is extremely satisfied with the hard work of the lead detective on the case. Casino also said hopefully the arrests will lead to more evidence.
WTOC spoke with some of Emily Pickels friends by phone. They said they are relieved that arrests have been made in connection with her death.
"While I am comforted by the fact that there has been progress in Emily and Michael's investigation, it has only reaffirmed my worst fear, Emily is truly gone. For a while, I feared this case would become cold and no one would ever know what happened the night of Sept. 1. I appreciate the diligence of the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, yet I still wait to here why this tragedy occurred. When that truth comes out, it will make the pain even harder to bear, but at least there will be some closure," said Adam Caracci, victim's friend, in a statement.