Miami Gardens - Opa-locka

Second man charged in murders of Miami Gardens minister, grandson


A grand jury has indicted a second man believed responsible for the savage execution-style murder of a Miami Gardens minister and her grandson.

DNA and cell-phone records have tied Roderick Martin to the crime scene where Annette Anderson, 70, and Tyrone Walker Jr., 20, were bound, gagged, tortured and shot to death in July 2013, authorities said.

Martin, 28, joins Reginald Louis Jackson, 30, in facing charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed robbery. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.

“We believe Mr. Jackson and Mr. Martin participated in the murders together,” prosecutor Michael Von Zamft told a judge on Friday during a brief court hearing in the case.

The Miami-Dade grand jury issued the murder indictments earlier this week.

Anderson was an ordained minister with the Jesus People Ministries Church and hosted weekly bible study sessions. Her grandson, nicknamed TJ, had just moved to Miami Gardens from Jacksonville to attend computer science classes at ITT Tech.

In July 2013, their bodies were found tied up inside Anderson’s home at 3451 NW 207th St.

Within weeks, Miami Gardens detectives arrested Jackson, a neighbor whose fingerprints and DNA were found inside the home. At the time of the slaying, he was on probation after serving prison time for a series of burglaries.

During the investigation, police eventually tracked Jackson to his girlfriend’s apartment in Opa-locka and found a 2001 two-door silver Acura that matched the video surveillance of a car leaving Anderson’s home.

Martin also has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for selling cocaine, carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing and eluding police. At the time of the murders, Martin was free on bail while awaiting trial for an unrelated charge of illegally carrying a firearm.

Four months after the slayings, a Miami-Dade jury convicted Martin of the weapon charge. He was sentenced to four years in Florida state prison.

Martin is currently being held in a prison near Belle Glade. He has not been appointed a lawyer yet.

Police are still searching for a third man who was videotaped using Anderson’s debit card in downtown Miami hours after the murders.

Anyone with information can call Miami Gardens Police Det. Joseph Zellner at 305-474-1622, or Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.