Murder suspect indicted, denied bond after accidentally turning himself in
A DeKalb County grand jury has returned a murder indictment against a man who allegedly left his passport at a shooting scene and was arrested trying to report the document missing to police.
Sanjay Stewartson of Litho- nia is accused of malice murder in the death of Peter John- son, which happened May 8 at 10:30 a.m. at a shopping plaza on Covington Highway, half a mile from Lithonia High.
Stewartson’s indictment came down earlier this month. He was also recently denied bond, court records show.
He’s been in the county jail since mid-May, after he walked into the Lawrenceville Police Department to report his passport missing. Author- ities believe he didn’t realize he’d left it at the scene of the shooting and was wanted for questioning because police had found it, along with a phone that allegedly showed he’d been arguing with John- son over marijuana.
In the police station, Stewartson told an officer he needed to get a police report for the missing pass- port, which he thought he’d lost at a Gwinnett County Walmart, so he could order a replacement. Curious, the officer looked him up, discovered he was wanted on a murder charge and arrested him.