Teen charged as adult in shoot­ing

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

The 16-year-old East­side High School stu­dent who was be­ing held in the shoot­ing death of 19-yearold Quin­tavien Va­nard John­son has been charged as an adult.

Jer­mor­ris Lamonta Rus­sell, 16, is charged with felony mur­der, ag­gra­vated as­sault, pos­ses­sion of a firearm while try­ing to com­mit crimes and pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun by a per­son un­der age 18.

He was booked into the New­ton County Jail and then trans­ferred to a ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity in San­der­sville, Ga., where he will re­main un­til his 17th birth­day (Aug. 31), at which time he will be trans­ferred back to the New­ton County Jail to await trial.

Rus­sell is ac­cused of shoot­ing and killing John­son Aug. 9 at the Cov­ing- ton Hous­ing Au­thor­ity hous­ing com­plex. Deputies re­sponded to mul­ti­ple calls of shots be­ing fired, and when they ar­rived they re­port­edly found John­son ly­ing dead by a dump­ster, and a sec­ond man with a gun­shot wound to the arm. Rus­sell was al­legedly stand­ing nearby when deputies ar­rived, hold­ing a gun. He re­port­edly dropped the firearm and then raised his hands in sur­ren­der.

The case is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the CPD and the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion. Al­though it is un­clear at this time what might have led to the shoot­ing, of­fi­cers say there were re­ports of an ar­gu­ment be­tween the teens.


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