Mur­der sus­pect in­dicted, de­nied bond af­ter ac­ci­den­tally turn­ing him­self in

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - COUNTY BY COUNTY - By Joshua Sharpe joshua.sharpe@ajc.com

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.

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