Columbus police arrested two people Thursday in connection with a September 2008 fatal shooting, accusing them of involvement in a conspiracy to have David Coleman — a possible informant on an unrelated case — killed.
Dantrell Cornelius Marshall, 21, and Daphene Castille, 44, each face charges in connection with the Sept. 22, 2008, shooting death of Coleman, 20. According to authorities, police have implicated two others in the conspiracy to have Coleman killed who have not yet been arrested.
Marshall faces charges of murder, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a handgun by someone under the age of 18, reports state.
Castille is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and trafficking in cocaine, authorities said.
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According to reports, Coleman was killed early Sept. 22, 2008, when gunshots came through the bedroom window of his Lawyers Lane home. He was struck in the stomach, chest and forearm, which sent him staggering into his niece’s bedroom. He was pronounced dead an hour later.
Police said at the time that no one entered Coleman’s home, which ruled out robbery as a motive.
Officers began investigating the death and learned that days earlier multiple suspects identified Coleman as a possible informant in an unrelated case as they drove from Macon to Cusseta. About two days before the shooting, someone asked for Coleman to be killed and offered money if he was shot, reports state.
Marshall was arrested about 1:50 p.m. Thursday outside an Ewart Street home, less than a 10-minute walk from Coleman’s house, reports state. Castille was arrested late Thursday on Lawyers Lane, just yards away from where Coleman was shot.