DEADLY WEEK IN NEWTON
Man denied bond in Sept. 9 murder of Jackson resident
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.