Man sentenced to life in prison for Decatur murder


Wednesday morning at the Morgan County Courthouse, a judge sentenced 29 year-old Charles Makekau to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the murder of James Patrick Travers II that happened in Decatur in 2013.

The judge said based on Makekau’s repeated criminal history, he had no other choice but to sentence Makekau life without parole. 

Makekau was convicted of felony murder in the home invasion and failed robbery attempt that resulted in the murder of Jamie Travers. He is accused of planning the robbing of Travers. He wasn’t present during the crime. Makekau is said to have given the home security code to Dewayne Oneal Hicks, charged with felony murder, and Ryan O’neal Caudle, also charged with felony murder, in the slaying of Travers.

Rebecca Travers, the victim’s mother, gave a very emotional statement. She said she is still suffering from the loss of her son and still sends him a text message every night telling him she loves him and says cannot bring herself to turn off his cell phone. “I had talked to him everyday of his life even away at college, and I just don’t know how to stop,” she said.

Makekau smiled on his way out of the hearing and when asked for a comment following the sentencing, he said “Cohen, I love you. Momma, I love you, and Gracie I love you.”

At one point in the courtroom, Makekau explained to the judge that he has smiled because that’s how he copes.

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