Columbus murder suspect arrested in California

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comApril 14, 2014 

Reginald Jamal Jackson

The man police say shot and killed Dior Cheney in October was arrested Monday night in Hemet, Calif., by the U.S. Marshals Service.

According to a release, the Columbus Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in effort to locate and arrest Jackson. A felony arrest warrant was issued Jan. 31 on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. During the investigation more information led U.S. Marshals to believe he fled to California and was hiding out there.

The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Jackson at a uncle's residence, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Lamont J. Ruffin. He was taken to the Riverside County Jail, where the U.S. Marshals say he'll remain until he is extradited to Georgia. A date for that extradition has not yet been set.

Ruffin said U.S. Marshals are investigating whether Jackson received assistance while journeying to California.

"We don't even know if (the California relatives) knew he was wanted," Ruffin said. "But if we do find anyone that helped him get out there, we're going to pursue federal charges against them."

Cheney was fatally shot around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 near Head Street in Columbus. Orba Cheney, Dior's mother, said her son and Travis Dashawn Porter were riding together when they left Macon, Ga., more than three hours before gunfire temporarily shut down a section of Benning Drive.

Cheney, 23, died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police later found Porter, 32, at Midtown Medical Center about 20 minutes after the shooting. It's unclear what injuries he sustained.

The mother said the two men left from her home on Cedar Avenue in Macon sometime between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., but she didn’t know why they were in Columbus. Porter had children’s clothing in the car and residents along Benning Drive said the men were spotted selling clothes from the car before the shooting.

The family last heard from Dior Cheney at 7:38 p.m., some 35 minutes before the shooting.

Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said in October multiple rounds were fired at the car. “The car was quite shot up,” he said.

Dior Cheney only had the Ford Focus for about three weeks, a relative said. A paper tag was visible on the car the night of the shooting.

Reporter Tiffany Stevens contributed to this story.

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