Update: Girlfriend charged in Cusseta Road stabbing death

benw@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 15, 2014 

Niketa Brooks

A domestic dispute early Saturday at a Cusseta Road apartment has left a Columbus man dead and his girlfriend charged with murder, Columbus police said.

Tyree Jevontae Burtin, 38, was pronounced dead of a stab wound to the chest at 11:47 a.m. in the intensive care unit at Midtown Medical Center, Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said. Burtin was transported to the hospital at 1:40 a.m. from 4100 Cusseta Road.

Police Lt. John McMichael said Niketa Garnette Brooks, 39, has been charged with murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. She is held in the Muscogee County Jail for a 9 a.m. Monday hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

Police were called to the apartment at 1:10 a.m. “They found him stabbed in the chest,” he said.

McMichael said investigators were called just after noon by the coroner after the victim died. The victim and Brooks lived in the apartment. No one else was involved in the death. “It’s apparently the result of some kind of domestic situation between them,” McMichael said.

Burtin is the third homicide for 2014. Marvine Bailey, 47, was fatally shot on Jan. 25 during a drive-by shooting on Forsyth Street. Troy Saunders, 39, of Fort Mitchell, Ala., was fatally shot in the neck during a robbery attempt Jan. 24 in the parking lot at the Super 8 Motel on Warm Springs Road.

Four suspects have been charged in Saunders’ death but Bailey’s shooting remains under investigation.

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