According to co-defendant John Hatch, he and Ronald Clark were hitchhiking to Jacksonville on January 12, 1990, when Ronald Willis pulled over and offered them a lift. Once in the truck, Clark ordered Willis to pull over and when Willis got out of the truck Clark shot him seven or eight times. Clark took Willis’ money and boots, and then dumped Willis' body in a ditch. They later returned and took the body to the Nassau County Sound Bridge, weighted it, and then dumped it in the water.
Clark and Hatch continued to use Willis’ stolen truck, and only when Willis’ ex-wife became worried about his sudden disappearance did she drive around looking for him. Willis’ ex-wife located his truck at a motel, and Clark and Hatch were identified as the men driving it. Willis’ ex-wife notified police, but Clark and Hatch ran away before they arrived.
Clark and Hatch fled to South Carolina. Hatch returned to Nassau County where he was arrested and Clark was apprehended in South Carolina on February 7, 1990.