Cov­ing­ton man sought in At­lanta man's death

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@covnews.com Hall Mariya Lewter con­trib­uted to this re­port

Two mur­ders this week at Or­chard Cove Apart­ments, off Fairview Road, are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice (NCSO), which is seek­ing per­sons or the per­son re­spon­si­ble.

The NCSO and Crime Stop­pers are on the look­out for Deante Hall, 36, of Cov­ing­ton, who al­legedly shot and killed Tony But­ler of At­lanta.

The NCSO was dis­patched to 403 Gross Lake Park­way Wed­nes­day. Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the NCSO, a de­scrip­tion of the ve­hi­cle was given by the Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County dis­patcher while deputies were en route.

Rock­dale County Sher­iff’s deputies lo­cated the ve­hi­cle, a black Dodge pickup, and con­ducted a traf­fic stop. In­side the ve­hi­cle was a male with a gun­shot wound, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

NCSO said the male, But­ler, was trans­ported to a nearby hos­pi­tal where he was later pro­nounced dead.

Based on ev­i­dence and in­ter­views con­ducted by the NCSO, Hall was iden­ti­fied as the al­leged per­pe­tra­tor.

NCSO says Hall is con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous.

This is the sec­ond shoot­ing in which deputies were called to the same ad­dress this week. On Mon­day, NCSO deputies re­sponded to a call and found a dead man, later iden­ti­fied as Julien R. Wyant, 24, of Cony­ers, ly­ing face down in the park­ing lot.

The NCSO is ag­gres­sively in­ves­ti­gat­ing both shoot­ings, and any­one with in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther case is asked to con­tact Crime Stop­pers tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), on­line www. crimestop­per­sat­lanta.org or by tex­ting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637).

Crime Stop­pers is of­fer­ing up to a $2,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest and in­dict­ment on each case. Tips can be anony­mous.

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