Man de­nied bond in Sept. 9 mur­der of Jack­son res­i­dent

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­

A Cony­ers man was de­nied bond Mon­day after a Satur­day evening shoot­ing re­sulted in his ar­rest for mur­der and other charges.

Dar­nell Rene Floyd, 33, of Cony­ers, faces charges of mur­der, ag­gra­vated as­sault, pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a crime and felony flee­ing in the Sept. 9 shoot­ing death of Telmo Or­tiz, 24, of Jack­son.

Around 10:30 p.m., Covington Po­lice Depart­ment (CPD) Of­fi­cer Mark Joyner re­port­edly heard sev­eral gun­shots about a block away while re­spond­ing to a sep­a­rate call and started in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Joyner then no­ticed a blue Ex­pe­di­tion with head­lights turned off leav­ing the area. The ve­hi­cle did not stop when Joyner at­tempted a traf­fic stop, ac­cord­ing to a CPD state­ment.

Around the same time, of­fi­cers re­ceived a call about a male shot at 4180 Wash­ing­ton St., in Covington.

Joyner and Of­fi­cer Matt Mose­ley con­tin­ued chase of

the Ex­pe­di­tion onto In­ter­state 20.

Of­fi­cers at the Wash­ing­ton Street ad­dress were able to de­ter­mine the driver of the Ex­pe­di­tion, later iden­ti­fied as Floyd, was the shooter. In the ve­hi­cle with Floyd were a fe­male and an in­fant. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Floyd was trav­el­ing with a rifle and pis­tol as well.

Rock­dale County Sher­iff’s Of­fice (RCSO) deputies as­sisted CPD in the pur­suit when Floyd ex­ited in Cony­ers at West Av­enue, drove through down­town Cony­ers and got back on the in­ter­state head­ing east. RCSO deputies per­formed a “P.I.T.T. ma­neu­ver” and ap­pre­hended Floyd, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Upon search­ing Floyd and the ve­hi­cle, of­fi­cers found a .40 cal­iber Glock pisol in his wais­te­band up front, a 9mm pis­tol in the driver’s seat an AR-15 rifle in the back seat, a small bag of mar­i­juana, four cell phones and a red book bag in the back seat.

“All of the weapons that were re­cov­ered from the ve­hi­cle and Mr. Floyd’s per­son was (sic) loaded and also had one round in the cham­ber,” Joyner re­ported.

At the crime scene, of­fi­cers found Or­tiz lay­ing in the yard with sev­eral gun­shot wounds.

“I checked Or­tiz’s pulse in the area of his neck and his wrist. I did not feel a pulse and I also did not ob­serve any breath­ing,” CPD Of­fi­cer Daniel Digby re­ported. “I ob­served that Or­tiz had been bleed­ing from the face area.”

Or­tiz was un­re­spon­sive and New­ton County Coro­ner Tommy Davis pro­nounced him de­ceased.

A wit­ness on scene re­port­edly told Digby there was a hand­gun next to Or­tiz, but when the wit­ness checked for a pulse the gun was moved to do so. The gun, a .40 cal­iber Smith and Wes­son, was re­ported stolen out of Rock­dale County.

Or­tiz’s body was trans­ported to the Georgia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions (GBI) State Ex­am­in­ers Of­fice for au­topsy.

Floyd was trans­ported to the New­ton County Jail.

Ac­cord­ing to the CPD in­ci­dent re­port, the ar­gu­ment be­tween Floyd and Or­tiz was over a cell phone.

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