JULIETE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Three Macon teenagers were arrested and charged with murder in the deaths of two Juliette men. Authorities are also looking for a fourth suspect who is at large.
According to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 16-year-old Sameeria Rikiea Carter (top), 19-year-old Marquez Deshawn Martin (middle), and 18-year-old Jordan Keaugh Maxwell (bottom). The three teens are charged with murder in the deaths of 36-year-old Russell Jacobs and 40-year-old James Pittman Wood. Deputies also charged 17-year-old Dave'von Sapp with murder but he has not been apprehended.
Authorities say they found the victim's red Ford Ranger truck broken down near the Riverwalk Apartments late Monday evening. Investigators believe the victims parked the truck at the apartment complex and traveled to the nearby Marathon gas station. The news release states surveillance video shows the two victims talking to Carter around 2:30 a.m. and then leaving with her in a silver Pontiac Torrent around 2:48 a.m. Authorities say Martin was driving and the other suspects were passengers along with the two victims.
According to the sheriff's office, when the suspects arrived at the victims' home on Woods Drive, Maxwell asked the victims if he could get something to drink. The victims let at least one suspect into their home. Authorities say the victims were shot in the head and the suspects ran off with several electronics including a television set, a computer, and cameras.
Authorities say all the suspects are associated with the gang MOE (Money Over Everything).
Carter was arrested at her home on Flamingo Drive early Saturday morning. She was denied bond and is being housed at the RYDC in Macon. Maxwell was arrested Friday evening. Martin was arrested Saturday. Bond was denied for both men.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, the Jones County Sheriff's Office, the Middle Georgia Fugitive Task Force, the Forsyth Police Department, and the Macon Police Department.
Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick says this incident sparks an issue with Macon and Bibb County gangs making their way into Monroe County,
and he's working with Bibb County Sheriff David Davis to address this concern.
"This is probably one of the first instances that we've had of anything of this severity, so because of the proximity of the two communities, I'm concerned on what it may actually mean," Bittick said. "Sheriff Davis and I go way back and I think we're going to sit down and talk about that."
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about suspect Sapp is asked to call investigators with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 478-994-7043.